“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

– Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue Foundation

Volvo Cork Week 2018 has been awarded Gold Certification by the International ‘Sailors for the Sea’ Clean Regatta programme with the event sustainability partners MaREI Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme.

The Clean Regattas programme is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The initiative helps people run more environmentally friendly events to protect local waters and beyond, raising  the  bar  for ocean  health  around  the  world.  “We are thrilled to support the Volvo Cork Week in their  efforts  to  educate  participants  on  environmental  protection  by  serving  as  a  model  for  responsible  sailing.”– Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea.

The  ocean  is  in  crisis,  every  year,  8  million  metric  tons  of  plastic  enters  the  ocean  from  land  each  year  and  40%  of  the  oceans  are  heavily  affected  by  human  activity,  including  pollution,  overfishing  and  destructive  fishing  practices,  and  the  loss  of  coastal  habitats.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club implemented a range of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact, including the provision of reusable water bottles and hydration stations, compostable food and coffee containers, paper straws, energy conservation, online registration forms, and an information campaign on reducing single use plastics and marine litter.

Aoife Deane, Communications & Public Engagement Manager for MaREI commented “Our collaboration with Clean Coasts on supporting Volvo Cork Week in their efforts to run a cleaner, greener regatta represented an important opportunity for us to engage the sailors and members of the public on sustainability issues such as ocean degradation, marine litter and plastics” 

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is dedicated to protecting the waters upon which we sail.