The Corinthian Yacht Club Joins Forces with Sailors for the Sea - Sailors for the Sea

The Corinthian Yacht Club Joins Forces with Sailors for the Sea

Press Release

Seeks Clean Regattas Certification for the 60th Annual CYC Midwinters and commits to ocean conservation. Regatta organizers put in place policies and procedures to make the CYC MidWinters a model regatta for ocean conservation and protection


San Francisco, Calif. – January 7, 2011 – Sailors for the Sea, the only ocean conservation nonprofit focused on the sailing and boating community, is proud to announce the Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC), San Francisco, Calif., has taken the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas Pledge for Bronze level Clean Regattas certification of the 60th Annual CYC MidWinters.

Clean Regattas certification provides independent, third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program, or regatta is environmentally responsible, and is doing its utmost to protect and restore the waters upon which people sail. This program is an effort by Sailors for the Sea, in conjunction with committed participants, to reduce our impact on our oceans and coastal waters.

“The Corinthian MidWinters is the first Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta on San Francisco Bay,” said Chris Mancini, program director, Sailors for the Sea. “We are thrilled to support the CYC throughout their mid-winter race series in their efforts to expand the club’s already existing strong commitment to environmental protection. Working with the club, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize their conservation efforts and help promote responsible environmental behaviors among the club’s members and the regatta participants.”

The Corinthian MidWinters, now in its 60th year, remains the most popular MidWinter regatta on the San Francisco Bay. This year the event takes place in January (15-16) and February (19-20) and culminates with a bonus (non-counter) race on March 19. The CYC MidWinters kicks off the San Francisco Bay winter sailing season with three weekends of yacht racing.

A club dedicated to tradition, the CYC shares a long standing commitment to “clean” and “green” resource management. These efforts include the use of biodegradable drink cups, participation in converting used cooking oil to biodiesel, and investments in upgrades to a high-efficiency heating system. According to Mark Leonard, “The CYC has generally found or led the way to effective and efficient green operations. Our commitment to Clean Regattas certification is a natural next step in serving as a role model among the local community and across the sailing communities. It is with much pride that we take the Clean Regattas Pledge as we vow to fulfill, and encourage others to fulfill, the goals and requirements of Clean Regattas as set forth by Sailors for the Sea, and to work to protect and restore our waters for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.”

The Corinthian Yacht Club Midwinters Series will undertake several efforts in their Clean Regattas campaign, including:

  • Recycling at all sites during race weekends, and throughout the season
  • Providing water stations to help reduce single-use plastic bottles
  • Use of biodegradable cups at post-regatta parties and dinners

Information on the series, as well as on-line registration forms and the Notice of Race (NOR), is currently available at

Benefits of Clean Regattas – Make the Pledge

By making the Clean Regattas Pledge, regattas, yacht clubs, and sailing programs commit to protecting clean waters and shores by participating in Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program, a third-party certification program that helps participants achieve higher environmental standards. Participants vow to fulfill, and encourage others to fulfill, the goals and requirements of Clean Regattas as set forth by Sailors for the Sea, and to work to protect and restore waters for the use and enjoyment of this and future generations.

With three levels of certification (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) available, participants select their level of engagement, and work to fulfill the related certification requirements by first forming a Clean Regattas committee for the event or a permanent committee for all club/organization governance and events to oversee the certification criteria. The criteria relates to:

  • trash and recycling collection and disposal
  • discharge
  • oil spill prevention
  • green cleaning products and bottom paint usage
  • bottom cleaning and boat maintenance
  • global warming and carbon offsets
  • biofuel conversion
  • use of recycled materials in regatta awards

A Clean Regattas designation by the Sailors for the Sea organization means all competitors agree to abide by Clean Regattas Certification Level requirements. Sailors for the Sea provides support and materials, and the final certification that a club or event is a Clean Regatta.

The Clean Regattas program is available for all interested yacht clubs, regattas and sailing programs, and is found worldwide. By participating in the program, clubs and regattas can realize a range of immediate economic benefits including:

  • saving money by reducing reliance on plastic bottles, fossil fuels, and disposable products
  • getting discounts on environmentally friendly products through the Clean Regattas program
  • reducing excess spending by anticipating regulations and avoiding abrupt and costly changes due to new laws and related cleanup efforts
  • attracting new sponsors, donors, investors, and foundations for non-profit clubs through the positive awareness of the Clean Regattas efforts

About Sailors for the Sea
Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters. For more information on or to participate in any of the Sailors for the Sea programs, or to become a member and support the organization,