To All Sailors,
This year The Vineyard Cup Sailing Regatta has pledged their commitment to Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas Program. What this means is that leading up to, during and following this year’s regatta, your regatta organizers will be working with Sailors for the Sea to minimize the impact that the event will have on the shores and the seas. This will include anything from keeping the site clear of debris and using designated pump-out stations to reducing reliance on plastic bottles and cups and recycling anything leftover.
We are off to a great start, but we need your help. As a sailor in this event, you will be on the front lines as we work to keep these waters clear. Every choice and action can make a difference. Here are a few ways you can help during the race:
Keep it Clean
Hold on to any trash or recycling until you can dispose of it properly. If you see any debris on shore or sea, pick it up and throw it away.
Pump it Out
If necessary, empty your holding tanks before traveling to the event. Retain waste onboard until you can get to a pumpout station or boat.
Rinse it Down
Clean your boat using water (no soap) during the event. Deck soaps contain phosphates and nitrates that can dramatically affect water quality, especially in a harbor full of regatta boats.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
For example, use fewer water bottles by reusing a single one, and recycle anything that can’t be reused. At every opportunity, try to find a way to reduce your individual impact on the sea.
We recommend that you sign up for Sailors for the Sea’s free e-mail list. Also, their website www.sailorsforthesea.org and quarterly newsletter are full of more information on environmentally friendly boating, and opportunities to receive discounts on products that leave as little trace as possible. These include non-toxic cleaning products, ePaint, water bottles, sailing gear and more.
Thank you for your help as we all work together for a cleaner ocean.
If you have any questions, you can contact Sailors for the Sea directly. Their point person is Annie Brett, Program Lead firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.846.8900.
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 oceans and local waters.
Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore oceans and local 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, visit