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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Zip 2 Water

Zip 2 Water Station

Zip 2 Water Station

With the move towards using reusable water bottles at sailing events, many regatta organizers are looking for better ways to supply water. There are many creative ways to do this, and many systems to fit with every regattas needs and budget.

One innovative design is the Zip 2 Water station, a company based in Washington state. This family team of sailors have created an amazing product that has been used by sailing events, and other sporting  events to supply filtered water to large groups.

These amazing filtration stations:

  • Remove chlorine taste and odor
  • Refill water bottles in just seconds
  • Can have a drinking fountain feature as well
  • Cooling technology keeps water cool even under a hot sun
  • Easy to secure to a fence, or other fixture – and leave locked up for the season
  • Serves up to 500 people per hour
  • No electrical power required
  • A 2 stage filtration to remove particulates as well as chlorine
  • Made in USA
Zip 2 water station being used at ICSA College Nationals

A Zip 2 water station was used at the 2011 ICSA College Nationals with great success.

This water refilling system is ideal for youth summer programs, collegiate sailing and other regattas where people rotate on shore, and at your regatta party rather than handing out bottles of water. If you are sailing at the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, the Seattle Yacht Club, Old Dominion University, Stanford University, or the US Coast Guard Academy, look for their Zip 2 Water stations.

Also Zip 2 Water was recently nominated for the 2012 “Innovator” award from the Washington State Recycling Association! If you have more questions, check out www.zip2water.com or email Pam Gallaher at pmgallaher@zip2water.com.

A great method for reusable water bottles on a keelboat

Melges 32 team Intac sent us a few photos of their new method for hydrating while at Key Team Intact water bottles in their water bottle cady.West Race Week. In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste on board Intac made the switch to reusable water bottles. They knew a bit of strategy was needed to avoid metal water bottles rolling around the inside of the boat, and quick refilling is important as there is little time between each race. So they purchased 8 bottles, in a different color for each team member to avoid any accidental sharing. They also purchased a water bottle caddy to hold the bottles upright. The caddy makes refilling easy for one person to do, and it holds the bottles upright while sailing. The team has found the system fairly easy to adapt and they are using gallon jugs to refill the bottles. With 8 sailors on board, sailing for 5 days, they are preventing approximately 160 disposable water bottles from entering the waste stream!

Sailors for the Sea is excited to see racing teams adapting Clean Regatta Best Practices to their daily routine, even when not at a Clean Regatta!

Water bottles sitting down below.

Water bottles sitting down below in the Melges 32. They fit perfectly in the fiberglass sections down below.

The water bottles, made by hydroflask, are insulated keeping water cold for up to 24 hours. The water bottle caddy can be purchased through most sports stores, here is a link to the one pictured left.

Have you created a method for eliminating single use water bottles on your boat, at your marina, or in your office? Share it with us!