Clearwater, FL (October 10, 2012) – The Moorings 31st Interline Regatta kicked off on Tuesday, October 9 as Racers and Spectators from over 18 airlines descended on the British Virgin Islands for 9 days of sun-soaked racing and sizzling parties. This year, participants will see a number of improvements as Regatta Organizers place significant emphasis on environmental responsibility and launch a new Green Partners Program, all in pursuit of earning a Sailor’s for the Sea Clean Regatta Certification.
“At The Moorings, we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the surrounding land and sea environments, and doing our part to protect the natural beauty of the destinations in which we operate. As The Moorings flagship regatta, it was simply a natural step for us to take the Clean Regattas Pledge and establish a series of best practices to spearhead our efforts at the 31st Interline Regatta,” said Nicklaus Roberts, Global Communications Manager and Regatta Organizer.
Prior to the event, an electronic charter booking and regatta registration process is used to reduce paperwork. After all regatta yachts are hauled and painted, stormwater pollution is prevented by collecting, filtering and re-using all waste water run-off. All racing yachts display re-usable bow numbers that were created from recycled sail cloth. The quantities of all printed materials have been reduced, and event programs are printed on paper endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council. Furthermore, deep discounts are offered on gallon jugs of water to encourage refilling of complimentary reusable water bottles, thereby reducing the consumption of single-use bottles.
Roberts added, “In addition to these measures, we have also established a Green Partners Program. These regatta sponsors are also dedicated the environmental awareness and protection, and their support is essential to our Clean Regatta efforts.”
The BVI Tourist Board has outfitted each charter with a reusable, eco-friendly tote bag and also included durable, high-quality water bottles for every regatta participant to help significantly reduce single-use water bottles.
The SOL Group, agent for Shell Marine Products in the Caribbean, operates under a Health Safety & Environmental policy that seeks to set industry standards and promote responsibility amongst customers to protect the environment and its biodiversity. Since 2006, SOL and The Moorings have maintained an active green marine and environmental partnership that includes regular oil spill management training for The Moorings BVI staff. For the Regatta, SOL provides The Moorings with the best products to run the Race Committee and Support Boats, and have outfitted each with Mini Spill Responder Kits. Also, they have supplied each Race and Spectator Yacht with oil absorbent marine pads. SOL is also sponsor of the “Drinking Responsibly” glass recycling competition to help keep glass out of the waste stream and the incinerator where it accumulates and can clog the system.
SLAM was selected as the Official Sportswear Partner for their product quality, but also for their sustainable practices. SLAM garments undergo 1000s of hours of on-water product testing to ensure performance, comfort and durability, plus they are produced with minimal environmental impact — all processes are sustainable and in-line with ISO 9000, water is re-used and filtered at the manufacturing units, and international distribution is by shipping container to minimize carbon impact. This year, all participants and staff received exclusive Regatta t-shirts and hats by SLAM. Additionally, the first, second and third place winners across three race classes will be awarded their premium, yet practical sailing gear, including a wide range of luggage and duffel bags.
Renport, the Official Communication Provider, delivers vital support to all Moorings charter guests year-round and furnishes essential Wi-Fi services and electronic devices that enable the Race Committee and Regatta Staff to announce up-to-date results and activities via the web, allowing us to “be green”.
Royal BVI Yacht Club, who provides Race Committee Management, will reduce the amount of printed materials, utilize 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper for Sailing Instructions and display race results electronically.
Green VI Glassworks and its local artisans have hand-blown trophies made of glass recycled from bars and restaurants throughout the BVI. All members of the Regatta Grand Champion Boat, as well as the Best Lady Skipper, will receive this beautiful artwork.
Savon de Mer, a high quality Fresh & Saltwater Shampoo & Body Gel that foams in salt water, is biodegradable, pH-neutral and 100% safe for the environment – the green solution for sailors. They have provided each boat with complimentary bottles of Savon de Mer.
Going Green on Gorda, located on Virgin Gorda, is aiding in a glass and can collection / recycling initiative for the Regatta’s Lay Day Party at Leverick Bay Resort. In addition, GGoG is currently building the island’s first MURF facility, designed to remove recyclables from the BVI’s entire waste stream.
For information on The Moorings 31st Interline Regatta visit www.TheMooringsInterlineRegatta.com. Regular event announcements are also made via Facebook at www.facebook.com/MooringsInterlineRegatta.
About The Moorings
The Moorings, world's premier yacht charter company, has delivered unmatched quality, service and attention to detail since 1969. Sail-it-yourself bareboat yachts, crewed yachts with captain and chef, and power yacht charters are available. The Moorings is a proud member of TUI Travel Group®. Your vacation is in safe hands.
About Sailors for the Sea
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 on 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. To make a club or an event a Clean Regattas, visit www.cleanregattas.org
Carol Hansen, Marketing Manager