What a great initiative by a South African yacht club! Following in the footsteps of many yacht clubs abroad, False Bay Yacht Club is joining the race to restore ocean health. They are implementing their Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program. This will be rolled out at the annual Intasure Spring Regatta, which takes place from 22-24 September.
The initiative is a first for South African yacht clubs and it aims to completely abolish the use of single-use plastics and to encourage re-cycling during the Spring regatta.
Anthony Wentworth, Commodore of FBYC, says; “Over the years we have been very proud and protective of the Blue Flag status of our marina, and this initiative is a natural progression to preserve the environment we enjoy.
“Running a clean regatta has no real cost implication, it is just a shift in mindset. We intend eliminating single-use plastic waste in any form, from straws and water bottles to food packaging. We will be providing competitors with re-usable water bottles and making filtered water available for re-fill purposes. In addition, clearly marked recycle bins have been placed around the club.
Anthony adds, “already there is a high awareness of plastic waste in the sailing community, so we know this initiative will be embraced. We will be embedding the plastic-free policy into the ongoing running of our club and marina environments long after the Spring regatta is over”.
Sponsored by Intasure, BUCO, DHL and Cape Medical Response, the Spring Regatta Festival of Sailing is False Bay Yacht Club’s premier regatta and one of the biggest in the country attracting over 50 entries from most of the keelboat sailing clubs in the Western Cape. The regatta also serves as the preparation event for the Mossel Bay off-shore race, which takes place the following weekend.
The regatta kicks off the summer sailing season in the Cape and offers the perfect opportunity to launch the Clean Regatta initiative in South Africa.