Youth sailor raising awareness for ocean conservation

Justin is sailing his opti to help raise funds for a bioextraction project.

An Opti sailor from Long Island Sound has garnered our attention with his mission to help protect the waters that he sails. 12 year old Justin Smith from Oyster Bay, NY is sailing across the Long Island Sound solo from Stamford, Connecticut to Oyster Bay, New York to raise money to help clean up the water in the Long Island Sound. He will be making the journey on October 20, 2012 in his eight-foot Optimist sailboat.

His goal is to raise “environmental awareness and protection to the local aquatic environment. I thought it would be a great idea to help clean and protect the Long Island Sound, where I go sailing and many other people enjoy many activities, and an entire ecosystem of fish, animals and plants live.”

The money he raises will be used, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to support a “bioextraction” project in the Bronx River, whose waters feed the Long Island Sound. This project uses seaweed and ribbed mussels to naturally filter pollution from the water resulting in improvements in water clarity. Water pollution can come from wastewater treatment plants, streets, roofs, sidewalks, lawn chemicals, and even from the air during storms.

We are inspired by Justin’s goals to raise awareness for ocean conservation and wish him the best of luck in his sailing across the bay!

Click on the folloeing PDF links learn more about Justin’s fundraiser, and make a donation. You can also follow Justin’s campaign on facebook.


Community Day at West Marine

We are very excited to announce that West Marine will be hosting a community day at their Sausalito, CA store for Sailors for the Sea!

On October 4th 5% of the stores sales for the day will be donated to Sailors for the Sea to support ocean conservation.

The store is located at: 295 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA and is open from 8am to 7pm on October 4th.

Representatives from West Marine’s Sausalito store and Sailors for the Sea welcome boaters  to join them on Thursday, October 4, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. for the Community Day event and barbecue. The event  will consist of activities throughout the day geared toward educating attendees on ocean health issues, featuring Rainy Day Kits.

Attendees will receive a Blue Future reusable shopping bag, a clean boating guide, posters, and can enter to win a $100 West Marine gift card. Please help spread the world – and if you have a big shopping trip you need to make, save it for October 4th!  If you won’t be in northern California on Oct. 4th, but would like to learn more about environmentally friendly boat supplies check out the Pure Oceans line from West Marine and our Clean Boating Guide. (PDF)

Lemonade for Ocean Conservation!

Eliza & Nicole working the lemonade stand

Eliza and her friend Nicole worked the lemonade stand in the rain to raise money for ocean conservation!

Sailors for the Sea is excited to feature one of our youngest supporters, Eliza Hancock from Marblehead, Mass. An avid sailor at Pleon Yacht Club, Eliza was assigned a school project that required her to learn more about a global issue and to do something to raise awareness for the topic. She focused her energy on Marine Pollution and ran a lemonade stand to raise money for ocean conservation.

Lemonade sign for Sailors for the Sea

Eliza’s sign for the lemonade stand.

By combining her love of sailing and interest in marine pollution she raised $190, which she generously donated to to Sailors for the Sea! We are very honored to be the recipient of Eliza’s hard work, and we are excited to apply this donation to our efforts in educating and engaging the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans.

A special thanks goes out to Eliza for being avid young sailor devoted to ocean conservation – keep up the good work!


What happens to your donation?

Q. Where does my donation go when I give to Sailors for the Sea?

Where you donation goes when you give to Sailors for the Sea

We all depend on healthy oceans for food, jobs, recreation, and solace. The ocean, once considered inexhaustible and resilient, is quite fragile and finite. Our programs work to reduce boaters impact on the environment and help alleviate the stress put on our waterways from overfishing, acidification, floating garbage, and pollution.

We hope you will support Sailors for the Sea as the only national organization that connects recreational sail and power boaters to ocean conservation.
Info-graphic created by Eliza Becton