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