About the Ocean

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Why is the Ocean important?

Sail the Odyssey is not just about taking part in fun, safe events. The Ocean that we love is under threat, and as sailors we can do something about it.

It is no exaggeration that all life on Earth, including our own survival, depends on a healthy, vibrant ocean. Containing an almost unfathomable diversity of life, billions of us rely on it for food, clean air, a stable climate, rain and fresh water, transport and energy, recreation and livelihoods.
‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, June 2014,’ www.missionocean.me

  • There is only one Ocean, one single body of water, from the ice of the Arctic to the warm waters of the Equator, from the storms of Cape Horn to the turquoise of the Caribbean.
  • The Ocean covers about 70% of the planet’s surface and contains about 97% of the total water on Earth.
  • The Ocean is integral to all life on Earth and is as important to the planet as the atmosphere.
  • Over 50 % of the oxygen we breathe comes from the Ocean.
  • The Ocean moderates the weather and the climate of our planet.
  • Many of us rely on food from the Ocean.
  • Only about 5% of the Ocean has been explored.
  • Scientists admit they know very little about the Ocean.

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