Sailors for the Sea: 25 Steps to Clean Regattas

Published by MM Editor on Wednesday, 8th November 2017 - 6:58PM


How clean is your regatta?

1. Assemble a Green Team

Having an effective Green Team should be the first thing you consider when hosting a Clean Regatta.

2. Public Engagement

Educate your participants on threats and issues facing the ocean by creating a Clean Regattas subpage on your website.

3. Paperless Regatta Management

At your next regatta, consider reducing as much paper as you can by prioritizing paperless communications.

4. Environmental Outreach

It is important to create a tradition of sustainability at regattas that will have a dynamic impact on the oceans for years to come.

5. Regatta Awards

Regatta trophies can be very energy-intensive to create and often end up sitting on a dusty shelf somewhere.

6. Water Bottle Reduction

On average, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and many of them end up in the landfill, or worse, your local waterway.

7. Water Refilling Stations

Water filtration systems are a great way to encourage participants to drink more water in a sustainable fashion.

8. Sustainable Food Options

Make sure that all seafood you offer is sustainably caught, that as much of your menu is as locally sourced as possible, and that vegetarian alternatives are available.

9. Responsible Dinnerware

While this option is a little bit more time intensive, providing reusable dinnerware at your regatta is ultimately the most environmentally friendly option you can provide your participants and attendees.

10. Recycling

In the classic “three R’s”, “recycling” comes third after “reduce” and “reuse."

11. Compost

When influential events implement and adopt greener practices such as composting, the benefits are enormous.

12. Trash Free Regatta

Keep your site clean!

13. Eliminate Single-use Bags

Since 2007, over 132 cities and counties in over 18 states have banned single-use plastic bags from stores across the United States.

14. Good Waste Management

Well-labeled bins and volunteers to help point people in the right direction are paramount to an event having good waste management.

15. Responsible Signage

Signs are vital to all aspects of your event, and you have a great opportunity to make those signs sustainable.

16. Promote Alternative Transportation

Most of a regatta’s carbon footprint is caused by the travel associated with getting to and from the event.

17. Sustainable Energy Sources

Fuel consumption in boats is much higher than in vehicles on land, so switching to alternative fuels can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint.

18. Runoff Reduction

Water quality begins to diminish when more than 10 percent of the land adjacent to the ocean is covered with hard layers such as pavement or concrete.

19. Carbon Offsets

Beginning the journey to becoming carbon neutral requires an energy audit.

20. No Discharge

Research local pump-out boats and have them come to your regatta.

21. Toxic-free Cleaning

As regatta organizer, you can request all participants limit their impact on local water quality by using “water only washdowns” (“WOW!”) at the end of racing.

22. Oil Spill Prevention

Nearly 85 percent of the 29 million gallons of petroleum that enter North American ocean waters each year as a result of human activities comes from land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes, small boats and jet skis.

23. Maintenance

Hull scrubbing can lead to the build up of toxic chemicals in your local waters as well as the potential introduction of invasive species.

24. Efficient Power Boats

Lightweight, fuel-efficient rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) use carbon fiber and weigh a third of the weight of a normal RIB, while using only 20 percent of the fuel.

25. Wildlife and Habitat Protection

Healthy oceans means healthy marine wildlife – we cannot have one without the other. 

Information and pictures from Sailors for the Sea

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