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Help Nationals Go Green

posted May 1, 2017, 5:01 PM by Michael Lovett   [ updated May 2, 2017, 5:46 AM ]
In an effort to make the 2017 Thistle National Championship as environmentally friendly as possible
, we’ve registered as a “Clean Regatta” with Sailors for the Sea, a conservation organization dedicated to engaging the boating community in protecting the oceans. 

Of course, registering is the easy part. In order to achieve “silver” certification, we need to reduce the regatta’s impact in a number of areas—everything from going paperless to eliminating disposable plastic water bottles to ensuring fuel-efficient crash boats. And we need your help.

Would you like to help Nationals go green? To volunteer, submit your info at SignUp.com, or contact  Danielle (Bower) Buehler.

Here are a few of the requirements for Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta certification:

Paperless Regatta Management
Use an online Regatta Management System to handle all electronic registration. Switch to a flat screen monitor or whiteboard to broadcast event results.

Water Bottle Reduction
100% elimination of all single-use plastic water bottles at event

Water Refilling Stations
Make water coolers or water jugs available to refill water bottles on land

Responsible Dinnerware
Eliminate straws

Ensure 1:1 ratio of Landfill to Recycling bins.

Responsible Signage
Make sure all waste bins are clearly marked RECYCLING, COMPOST, or LANDFILL. Make sure all signage is made from fabric or sustainably sourced material, not PVC.

No Discharge 
Remind all participants in Notice of Race (NOR) and at skippers’ meeting that sewage discharge is illegal.

Toxic-free Cleaning 
Suggest a “Water Only Washdown” protocol for boats at event. Require use of nontoxic cleaning products.

Oil Spill Prevention
Create “Safe Refueling Areas” and ensure proper training to all staff.

Efficient Power Boats
Replace any two-stroke engines with more fuel-efficient four-stroke engines.