Clean Regattas

Clean Regattas is an effort by Sailors for the Sea in conjunction with yacht clubs, sailing programs and events to reduce our impact on our oceans and coastal waters.

About the Program

Clean Regattas is a third party certification program that helps regattas, yacht clubs and sailing programs voluntarily achieve higher environmental standards. Participants have the option of choosing a Bronze, Silver or Gold level of engagement, and work to fulfill each of the requirements necessary to be certified at that level. Sailors for the Sea provides support and materials, and the final certification that a club or event is a Clean Regatta.

The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge has achieved a Bronze Level for the past two years:

  • Clean Regatta Commitment - Include in the Sailing Instructions a rule requiring conformance with the requirements of your chosen Clean Regattas Certification levels.
  • Clean Regatta Liaison – Assign a volunteer “Clean Regattas liaison” to communicate with Sailors for the Sea, and present the program at the skipper’s meeting.
  • Green Team – Assemble a team to work on shore and sea cleanup, oversee recycling operations and communicate the goals and agenda of the program throughout the event.
  • Trash Free Regatta – Keep your shores and waters clear of debris. Overboard discharge of trash and littering at shore facilities (e.g., rigging tape, cigarette butts, beer cans) is prohibited.
  • No Discharge – DO NOT allow discharge of untreated sewage or blackwater in harbor areas or no-discharge zones (NDZs).
  • Recycling-Encourage recycling from boats and shore facilities.
  • Non-Toxic Cleaning Products - Include a list of “green” cleaning products in skipper’s packet.
  • Oil Spill Prevention – Require that motorized vessels shall carry and use at least one bilge sponge and one fueling spill pad.

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