We’re proud to announce the North Sea Regatta has joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea #CleanRegattas! Over 1,000 regattas, gams, rallies and cruises have already registered with Sailors for the Sea as Clean Regattas. So we thought it was about time to follow the example of the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, the first Dutch regatta to join the Clean Regattas program.
We already use an online registration system, but who doesn’t these days? Last year we supported the Plastic Soup Surfer in his quest for plastic free seas. There’s a short documentary on the mission and record attempt of the Plastic Soup Surfer (Merijn Tinga) and Bram Hoogendijk to be the first to cross the North Sea on a hydrofoil kitesurfboard. The record attempt was the kick off for the petition that calls for the introduction of a deposit fee on small PET bottles in the Netherlands.You can still sign the petition at https://statiegeldopflesjes.petities.nl The introduction of deposit fee will reduce litter by 40%. The boards were made using littered small PET bottles.
We haven’t been printing Sailing Instructions for the last three years, so we’re well on our way. But we want to do more! Therefore we have a Green Team and are on quest to become a Clean Regatta! We’ll do a lot to make it happen, there are a few things we already want to share with you.
A reusable drybag in stead of plastic
We don’t give away plastic bags anymore when you come to register for the regatta. We’ll have a bag for you that is waterproof and you can use over and over again! Besides that, we’re not going to put papers, flyers and other stuff in there which you maybe don’t want anyway. You can fill your bag with items you really need or want.
Bring your own reusable drinking bottle
We want to ask you to use reusable water bottels for drinking water. Bottles can be filled at the marine office and sailor’s home.
Biological and yummie vegetarian food
Our catering company will use locally sourced and biological ingredients. The fish is all MSC certified (sustainably sourced) and there also will be yummie vegetarian food to lower our menu’s carbon footprint.
No straw policy and compostable lunch bags
For more than 85% we use porcelain plates and real cutlery, the disposables we really have to use will be made of organic materials and biological degradable. Besides that we have a ‘no straw’ policy and we’ll offer compostable lunch bags.
It’s a bin game!
There will be recycle bins in the race village, we’ll use compost bins and we’ll separate paper, our Green Team will keep an eye on that during the event! We’ll mark the bins in the race village and will help visitors to use the right bins.
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