Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Clean Regattas Program Celebrates 15 Years of Success in Sustainability - Sailors for the Sea

Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Clean Regattas Program Celebrates 15 Years of Success in Sustainability

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Clean Regattas has prevented millions of single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and waterways

Newport, RI: Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana celebrates a milestone this summer with the 15-year anniversary of the Clean Regattas program. Clean Regattas is the world’s leading sustainability certification for all water-based events. Since the program’s inception during the summer of 2006, more than 2,800 events and 750,000 sailors have helped protect our oceans and waterways by participating in Clean Regattas. 

The Clean Regattas program provides event organizers with a framework of 20 best practices that will protect and restore the health of our waters, including engaging the local community, reducing pollution, protecting sensitive habitats, and limiting single-use plastics. In the past five years alone, Clean Regattas around the world have prevented approximately 6.9 million single-use plastic water bottles and 1.7 million plastic straws from polluting our oceans by encouraging events to replace such throwaway plastics with reusable and environmentally friendly alternatives. 

“The positive impact Clean Regattas has had on our oceans and waterways is made possible because of the dedication of hundreds of organizers from around the world,” said Paige Myatt, Program Manager of Sailors for the Sea. “We’ve worked with professional sailors circumnavigating the globe to youth sailors competing in an Opti regatta on a small lake, and what they all have in common is a passion for protecting our waters. All of us at Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana look forward to continuing to support and grow this community of sailors who are taking action to restore the health of our seas.” 

Sailors for the Sea co-founders, David Rockefeller, Jr. and Dr. David Treadway, established the Clean Regattas program to better reach sailors and engage, educate, and activate this uniquely positioned community on ocean issues. In the first year, five regattas based in Maine and Massachusetts participated in the program. Over the last 15 years, thousands of events, hosted in 35 US states and 49 countries around the world, have achieved Clean Regattas status Sailors for the Sea updates Clean Regattas certification standards each year to reflect current best practices, new technologies, and input from participants. 

With sailors from around the world advocating to protect their waters, sustainability is at the forefront of many regattas. World Sailing now mandates that all sanctioned events – which include the 2024 Olympic Games – achieve Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level Clean Regattas status, the highest certification level. Sailors for the Sea looks forward to the future of the Clean Regattas program with new opportunities to grow and engage ocean champions within the sailing community. 

To register your events as Clean Regattas, visit

Learn more: Celebrating 15 Years of Clean Regattas with 15 Outstanding Clubs and Events

About Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana: 

Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana is the world’s leading ocean conservation organization that engages and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health. Sailors for the Sea was founded in 2004 by David Rockefeller, Jr. and Dr. David Treadway, two avid sailors who recognized the importance of educating this constituency of ocean enthusiasts. In 2018, Sailors for the Sea joined forces with Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Combining Sailors for the Sea’s goal of educating boaters about marine conservation with Oceana’s experience mobilizing supporters to advocate for policy that supports healthy and abundant oceans, the organization is achieving global reach. 

Contact: Paige Myatt,, 401.846.8900, 449 Thames St. 300D, Newport, RI 02840