Clean Regattas

Clean Regattas is a certification program that helps sailing events voluntarily achieve higher environmental standards. Participants work to fulfill comprehensive Best Practices and receive the economic, public relations and social benefits of running environmentally friendly events. Sailors for the Sea provides support and materials, and the final certification that a club or event is a Clean Regatta.

Interested in becoming a Clean Regatta? Follow these steps:

  1. Register your event as a Clean Regatta
    Make your commitment known to Sailors for the Sea. After registering you will receive additional Clean Regattas resources as well as listing and promotion of your event on our website and social media.

  2. Review the Clean Regattas Best Practices
    Decide which Best Practices your regatta will carry out. For inspiration and implementation tips, look at our Regatta Case Studies. Regattas that wish to be certified at the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level must engage in enough practices at that level (5 for Bronze, 10 for Silver, 15 for Gold).

  3. Assign a Clean Regattas Liason
    The liason communicates with Sailors for the Sea, coordinates the program with regatta staff and presents the program to participants.

  4. Publicize your commitment
    Promote your Clean Regattas efforts on your organization's home page, in your Notice of Race and in communications to race participants. Language and Sailors for the Sea logos can be found in our Press Kit.

  5. Implement Best Practices and Collect Metrics
    While you run your event, monitor your Clean Regattas efforts and adapt as needed. Collect as many metrics as possible using the suggestions on our Best Practice Pages as guidelines. Have fun!

  6. Get Certified
    Fill out the online post-regatta evaluation form to get your official Clean Regattas certification. Give us any feedback you have so that we can continue to improve the Clean Regattas program.