A Platinum Summer

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July was a busy month at Sailors for the Sea, with our two Platinum Clean Regattas of the year occurring back-to-back weekends!

The Vineyard Cup...

is a well-seasoned Clean Regatta, having participated in the program since 2010. Brock Callen, Executive Director of Sail Martha’s Vineyard, has created a Locally Sourced/Zero Waste plan for the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and it works incredibly well for the regatta. The Vineyard Cup sources all food from the island and composts any food scraps, making it a completely self-sustaining event. In fact, after three days of regatta parties, Sail Martha’s Vineyard had a SINGLE bin of trash to take to the transfer station – and most of that was plastic packaging from bags of ice.

Brock Callen, Executive Director of Sail Martha’s Vineyard took the stage to share where all of the delicious locally sourced food came from, and gave an incredible shout out to Sailors for the Sea!

The Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race...

was the world’s first junior sailing event to achieve Platinum Level Clean Regattas Certification! Even more impressively, they completed all of the requirements over two days, three venues, and an overnight with a bunch of teenagers! Julia Cronin and Brandon Flack of the Mudratz did a phenomenal job organizing this event and getting the young sailors excited about sustainability. The junior sailors lead a beach cleanup on Fishers Island and writing letters to their congressional representatives about ocean health.

“We learned so much by implementing all of the best practices in the Clean Regattas program. When we did the beach clean on a very short stretch of Fisher’s Island the kids were amazed at the kind of trash they picked up - everything from bottle caps and balloons to golf balls to grill covers. The amount and variety of trash was incredible!" said the regatta sustainability lead, Julia Cronin.