RNZYS Partner with Sailors for the Sea

 In Member Interest, News

This year the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas Program. Leading up to, during and following the Harken Youth International Match Racing Cup  and the Harken 2020 Youth Match Racing World Championships, organizers will be working with Sailors for the Sea to minimize the impact the event will have on our shores and the seas. This includes everything from keeping the site clear of debris and to reducing reliance on plastic bottles and cups and recycling. 

We are off to a great start, but we need your help. As a sailor in this event, your actions will be important as we work to reduce our environmental impact. Your choices will make a difference. Here are a few ways you can help during the race:

Help by properly sorting all recycling and compost so we can minimize the amount of waste headed to the landfill.
Clean your boat using water only. Deck soaps contain phosphates and nitrates that can dramatically affect water quality, especially in a closed harbor. 
Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, bicycling or carpooling to the sailing site everyday. 
Use a refillable water bottle at the event.

We invite you to learn more about Sailors for the Sea by visiting their website www.sailorsforthesea.org.

Thank you for helping protect our local waters!

RNZYS Sustainability Committee

About Clean Regattas 

Clean Regattas is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The program enables sailors to protect their local waters by empowering them with tips and resources to implement sustainability initiatives. Since 2006, more than 2,000 Clean Regattas have been run in 36 countries and in over half of all the United States.

About Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana

Sailors for the Sea is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health. Since its start in 2004, Sailors for the Sea has worked towards building a community of ocean stewards by offering tools, education and inspiration so that sailors may become change agents, and harness the power of their passion to heal the ocean.

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