Sea Otter High School Regatta

A pod of Risso's Dolphins swimming through the fleet. Photo by Lyn Hines

A pod of Risso’s Dolphins swimming through the fleet. Photo by Lyn Hines

The Sea Otter High School Regatta was hosted by Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club on October 13 & 14. This was the second year the event was run as a Clean Regatta and a pod of Risso’s Dolphins swam by to show their gratitude to the sailors!  Additionally the superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Paul Michel, spoke at the skippers meeting about the importance of protecting our oceans.

The event was certified at the bronze level and below is a highlight of the Clean Regatta Best Practices implemented this year.

  • Water bottle Reduction: Sailors were encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and refill at provided water stations. Last year, sailors were given reusable bottles and hopefully used them again this year!
  • Green Team: Volunteers helped encourage proper recycling, and walked the beach to remove any trash.
  • Trash Free Regatta: The local college sailing team (CSUMB) sold lunches to sailors and used very little (if any) disposable plastic in the lunches.
  • Recycling: Recycling bins were put out along the beach, the boat storage yard and down the wharf.
  • Paper Reduction: Paperless registration through Regatta Network.
  • Regatta awards: Beanies were given out as regatta awards these practical trophies can be a nice way to reduce waste. The perpetual trophy (of an otter) was donated by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary last year and is reused every year.

A few more photos from the event by Liz Chandler, an event organizer, unless otherwise noted.

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