Respecting it is fundamental in offshore racing. Sailors live from and for the sea. The water we drink comes from the ocean, only filtered by the desalinating water maker. We keep our trash bags sealed inside the boat and shower in the rain. Our vulnerability to the natural elements is total. That is why we go out there. But one of the things we’re suffering the most from is not natural. Rather, it’s the opposite. We’ve seen plastic bottles, styrofoam, plastic bags, Crocs, and balloons, pretty much everything including a garden table. Before every start, we have to reverse, just for checking debris from our keel and rudders. The pollution in our sea is pretty unreal and tragic.