This month, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, will get underway with the official race start on May 11th in Charleston, SC. Race organizers have left no stone unturned, as their environmental initiatives cover almost every item on the Clean Regattas Best Practices list, with an aim toward gold level Clean Regatta certification. These initiatives include:
- Alternative fuel sources used on every boat such as fuel cells, solar panels and/or hydro-generator (see video below for how the hydro-geneator works)
- Biofuel used when engines are required (provided by Newport Biodiesel)
- Plastic water bottle free event – boats will use water tanks and fill reusable canteens
- On land, Zip 2 Water will provide an onsite water filling station – no disposable bottles will be available
- Recycling at every port stop
- Environmentally friendly cleaning products used to clean boats
- Carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates will be purchased and retired with support from Green Mountain Energy
- 100% post-consumer recycled paper used where paper reduction is not possible
- Only glassware or biodegradable plastic will be used at hospitality events
- Local students will attend an educational workshop to meet the teams, tour the boats, and learn about how making small differences in our everyday lives contributes to a greener healthier planet.
If you have questions about how your regatta can adapt these best practices please ask in the comments section below!