Newport, Rhode Island - October 3, 2011 - Sailors for the Sea, the only ocean conservation nonprofit focused on the sailing and boating community, is proud to announce that the America's Cup World Series event in Plymouth earned the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas certification at the SILVER level . The America's Cup Event Authority's (ACEA) commitment to Clean Regattas practices resulted in environmentally focused activities throughout the event. In addition to supporting ACEA in its Clean Regattas efforts, Sailors for the Sea volunteered along with America's Cup athletes and ACEA staff in on-shore activities focused on ocean health and sustainability.
"ACEA and the Plymouth community worked together to take the America's Cup level of commitment up a notch. Event organizers and racers did a great job implementing the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program in Cascais, while the AC World Series Plymouth event further extended the focus on sustainability and thereby achieved a Silver standard result," said Dan Pingaro, CEO, Sailors for the Sea. With two events now completed, ACEA looks to continue to succeed in their goals for environmental sustainability at the upcoming AC World Series San Diego, to be held November 12-20, 2011.
"We're very pleased to have achieved the SILVER level certification of the Clean Regattas program at just our second event," said Neill Duffy, Director of Sustainability, America's Cup Event Authority. "We want to set a new standard in our sport for sustainable event management and our work with Sailors for the Sea has really helped us to accelerate that journey."
At the America's Cup World Series Plymouth event, ACEA undertook several Clean Regattas best practice efforts, including:
The ACEA and America's Cup Race Management are tracking sustainability metrics in order to understand and improve performance at each AC World Series event, such as the amount of fuel consumed and the amount of recycling collected.
Attention Yacht Clubs and Event Organizers: To make an event a Clean Regatta visit www.cleanregattas.org.
On Monday, September 12, ACEA organized the America's Cup community to devote time and energy on their 'day off' from racing to focus on coastal conservation and marine protection by participating in several on-shore events.
Sailors for the Sea joined team representatives, event organizers, and community members at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to participate in a Coastal Conservation activity - the removal of debris and plastics from two local beaches.
Later that day, ACEA organized the AC Sustainability Forum, which brought leading ocean health experts and advocates together to discuss Marine Protected Areas. Paul Cox, head of science and learning at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, moderated a panel discussion. Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, explorer, lecturer, and scientist, was a featured panelist along with other leaders in marine conservation and research: Dr. David Gibson, managing director, National Marine Aquarium; Dr. Jason Hall-Spencer, University of Plymouth; and Conrad Humphreys, around-the-world sailor, and founder of the Blue Climate and Oceans Project.
Building on the Aquarium's educational mission, Sailors for the Sea staff met with Cox and Gibsonto discuss collaboration on the creation of lesson plans using the Sailors for the Sea Rainy Day Kits. These free, downloadable environmental lesson plans focused on marine ecology can be taught to young sailors aged 6 to 16 in yacht clubs and sailing programs around the country. Pingaro notes, " Sailors for the Sea looks forward to working with the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to help inform, engage, and inspire children from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean."
On day five of the AC World Series in Plymouth, while thousands of spectators gathered to watch the races, 100 schoolchildren from three schools visited the Sustainability Marquee at the AC Village, which was focused on Ocean Health. As one of the exhibitors at the Marquee, Sailors for the Sea taught the students about non-point source pollution using the "The Muddy Water Challenge" from the Rainy Day Kits.
Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and local waters. For more information or to participate in any of the Sailors for the Sea programs, or to become a member and support the organization, visit www.sailorsforthesea.org
About the America's Cup
Nearly 160 years old, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. The America's Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions - featuring the best sailors on the world's fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The new America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural season August 2011. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup begins with the Louis Vuitton Cup July 4-September 1, followed by the America's Cup Finals September 7-22. For more information, visit www.americascup.com.
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