Clean regattas

How Sailors For The Sea Supports a Strawless Ocean

 

Support Sailors for the sea and a Strawless Ocean

Sailors for the Sea is working with boaters to stop the problem at the source by eliminating single-use plastic on and near the water. Learn more about their Clean Regattas program and how you can participate through your team, yacht club, or school!


About the Campaign

Sailors for the Sea's Clean Regattas program is the world's only sustainability certification for water-based events. More than 1,100 events have participated in the program which mobilizes sailors to conserve and protect the ocean and local waters they love. With 25 different best practices, events are able to choose their own path to sustainability. One of the best practices focuses on responsible dinnerware, with an easy option to simply remove straws from the bar.

 

Skip the Straw - Go Straight for the Drink

Sailors for the Sea has taken this concept one step further, encouraging boaters to ask their favorite "watering-holes" to become part of the skip the straw movement. By starting with the restaurants, marinas, and bars that line our harbors and coasts, boaters can have an immediate impact on the amount of straws heading out to sea. They even provide a sign that can be used to notify patrons that straws are available by request only. 

Learn more about getting involved here.

 

Antigua Sailing Week Goes Straw Free

Trash on the small Caribbean island of Antigua is a big problem; with landfills growing beyond capacity, recycling must be shipped off island. The country also prides itself on its beautiful beaches, and humans along with sea turtles flock to them.

Antigua Sailing Week has been working with the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program since 2009. In 2015, they started a skip the straw campaign. Recognizing that many sailors would be dining at local bars and restaurants, race organizers expanded beyond the docks.

The Antigua Barbuda Marine Association took the mission even further, continuing the skip the straw initiative long after the regatta was over and expanding to hotels. Local business owners easily opted-in by posting signs that say “Straws by Request Only.” Many locals have seen the issue of plastic pollution washing up on their beaches over the years and know the negative impacts plastic has on their environment. These signs create a catalyst for action and institute an easy behavior change.

 

Signs of Success at Antigua Sailing Week, letting regatta attendees know that straws are available by request only. With views like these, who wouldn't want to keep them plastic pollution free! 👍 🌊 Photo by Alison Sly-Adams

Signs of Success at Antigua Sailing Week, letting regatta attendees know that straws are available by request only. With views like these, who wouldn't want to keep them plastic pollution free! 👍 🌊

Photo by Alison Sly-Adams