The Year in Photos
While many have called 2016 one of the worst years ever, we’re proud to say it was very productive here at Sailors for the Sea. Our empowering marine conservation programs were utilized in 36 countries and 29 states thanks to the generous support of our donors. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights they made possible:
1. Our Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP) educated 24,764 children this past year about ocean sciences in an effort to increase environmental awareness and stewardship among our youth.
2. We partnered with North Sails to inform and educate cruisers and racers about protecting our ocean and how to boat green.
3. Ocean Watch Magazine was read by 75,362 people! With fascinating articles that discuss ocean health issues and how to take action to protect the ocean, the new edition will be a hard one to put down.
4. Sailors for the Sea partnered with Discarded, a film that brought to light the true story of pollution in Guanabara Bay and its impact on both citizens and the Olympics. The documentary focused on the root cause of the waste issues in Rio’s waters and the local people working for change.
5. We launched our Green Boating Guide which provides recreational boaters practical information, sustainable tips and alternative product suggestions so that they can make environmentally conscious decisions while boating.
6. Sailors for the Sea west coast ambassador, D’Amy Steward was presented with our first youth award, sponsored by US Sailing, at our Welcome Aboard Gala. D’Amy works hard to spread our marine conservation message to the next generation of junior sailors - and now rowers through her new team at Duke University!
7. 42,256 sailors participated in 216 Clean Regattas in 2016, greatly reducing the impact of these water-based events. Volunteer Green Teams like this one make sustainability possible at these events with guaranteed success.
8. Our Social Impact is the collective voice of our programs and mission through traditional and social media. In 2016, we focused attention on broader ocean health issues and diving deep to educate our constituency with ways to take action for the ocean. These efforts resulted in 293 MILLION impressions! One of the highlights was our Talking Trash video.
9. We celebrated World Ocean’s Day by partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for an evening at the Redwood Library to learn about the beautiful marine microbes that make our ocean thrive.