The 2013 Gorilla Rigging Moth North American Championship was held this past weekend in Charleston, SC. Regatta organizers and sailors worked hard to achieve a Bronze Level Clean Regatta certification by meeting 5 of our Clean Regatta Best Practices.
This fun and exciting sailing class actually moved their winter series from Miami to Charleston this year based on the problem of running over plastic bags in Miami. Plastic bags, often mistaken by turtles as jellyfish, also cause big problems for Moths; generally causing them to flip and loose the race. Other rather gruesome face cuts and bruises resulted from plastic bags as well. Learn more about the damages to the Moth fleet by the bag fish in our past blog post: Plastic Pollution: Have you caught a bag fish lately?
Sailors were happy to report that no one ran over any trash during the regatta and they even held a beach clean up to ensure the beautiful Cooper River stays clean for years to come! Congrats to the sailors and their new US Class Sponsor, our partner 11th Hour Racing for working hard to make this an environmentally friendly regatta. Watch the video below to see the moth sailors in action.