Three Clean Regattas
Robyn, our Sustainability Director, was lucky enough to spend the end of January escaping cold New England to attend three Clean Regattas in south Florida. All of the events – Quantum Key West Race Week, The Conch Republic Cup, and the Sailing World Cup Miami – she’s highlighted three simple changes made at these regattas that can easily be done at any event!
Quantum Key West Race Week
The Key West Sea Turtle Club hosted a beach cleanup in conjunction with Quantum Key West Race Week. Members of the Sea Turtle Club showed up early on a Saturday morning (like they frequently do!) to collect trash from Nature Beach in Key West. This beach gets a lot of debris washing up from the water, and these local volunteers made quite the difference, collecting 344 gallons of trash!
Conch Republic Cup
The Conch Republic Cup was an exciting event for Sailors for the Sea because it was the first-ever Clean Regatta being run to Cuba! The Conch Republic Cup handed out Sailors for the Sea’s stainless steel reusable straws to all competitors and made them available in the bar. Congrats to the Conch Republic Cup on making Clean Regattas history!
Sailing World Cup Miami
World Sailing and US Sailing put a huge effort in collaborating with the City of Miami to make Sailing World Cup Miami a Clean Regatta. Race organizers partnered with the local University of Miami Health System Sports Medicine Institute to offer water bottles to all competitors, ensuring a reduction of single-use plastic bottles during the event. They also set up an ingenious water filtration system by tying in-line water filters to palm trees in the race area! World Sailing also set up an area for sailors to relax after sailing, which even included hammocks - we’d be lying if we told you Robyn didn’t try one out…