Pequot YC continues environmental pledge

The Pequot Yacht Club has continued their environmental pledge, committing to Clean Regattas for the second year in a row! Regatta organizers and sailors are working together to be certified at the silver level. Check out their poster below for some of the Clean Regattas best practices they will be following. The regatta runs from July 29th to July 31st, learn more about the regatta and Pequot Yacht Club, by clicking here.
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At the River

Sailors for the Sea is excited for Boston Landmarks Orchestra‘s  annual green concert that celebrates the natural beauty and life-giving properties of our waterways. The event takes place today at the Hatch Shell, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Clean Water Act.

Come down to the waterfront at 6pm to learn more about many amazing non profits focused on cleaning up our waterways, including Sailors for the SeaThe New England AquariumCharles River Watershed Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many more! If you visit every organizations display table you will be entered to win a trip down the Charles River! The concert starts at 7pm with extraordinary music that was inspired by the world’s rivers.

For event details check out the post below and click here for directions and rain location.

Composting

Composting is an important item on our Clean Regattas best practices list. However even many of our gold level Clean Regattas have trouble checking this one off the list. Perhaps this is because it is not as common in our homes as recycling, however when planned ahead of time, having composting at your regatta can be relatively easy. Here are some ideas on how to make composting part of your event.

Composting bins at the ACWS Newport

Three well labeled bins at every trash center at ACWS Newport helps people separate waste.  A compost hauler, PF Trading, was hired to take food waste to Newland Farm in Norton, MA.

  1. Find out if your municipality has composting. This information is generally just a Google search away, and if it is done by your municipality it will likely be done by the same department that handles trash (or they can point you in the right direction.) Also use this map from the EPA.
  2. If you cannot have the compost picked up by the city, look into a local farm. Whether a large commercial farm or small pick your own family farm, they usually have compost piles. Some larger farms have the ability to come to your event and pick it up for free (some gardeners call compost “black gold”)
  3. Talk with your catering company. If your regatta has a catering service there is a chance they have done composting before for big events – can’t hurt to ask!
  4. Set up your own composting. Depending upon the size of your sailing club or marina and how much eating is done there will dictate how big you need your operation to be. Learn some basic information about how to compost here. The compost that is made can be used to help keep the grounds of your club or marina in top shape!

Composting can also reduce the amount of waste that must be taken away by trash collectors often reducing your bill! Look for our next blog for tips on how to setup your regatta for proper separation of compostable items.

Have you seen composting being done at a regatta or marina near you?

From Strategic Ocean Solutions

Magellanic Penguin

A Magellanic Penguin native to South America generally found in Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands.

With special thanks to Strategic Ocean Solutions and their representative, Annie Reisewitz, Sailors for the Sea passes along an amazing story. On the Strategic Ocean Solutions blog, Annie recounts that she witnessed a lone, juvenile Magellanic penguin  – that was alive – wash ashore on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Incredibly, 700+ dead penguins already washed ashore in Brazil since June. Strange occurrences to be sure and there are likely more than one reason. However, Annie postulates that the cause of death may well be the lack of available food due to changing climate and overfishing. Starving penguins washing ashore on Ipanema Beach and Icelandic glaciers breaking chunks of ice twice the size of Manhattan into the ocean (Washington Post, July 17,2012) sure point to a changing climate and ocean.

Ocean Conservation at America’s Cup Newport

Check out our second video from the America’s Cup World Series in Newport, RI.

This highlights video features the work of event organizers, including our program lead Annie Brett. Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas best management practices were used to reduce the events environmental impact.

Sailors for the Sea is The Official Clean Regattas Partner of the 34th America’s Cup, helping reduce the environmental footprint of the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.

Thanks to our intern and volunteers for putting this great clip together!

We hope you enjoy! Pleas share any comments below.