Sailors for the Sea, a Newport-based ocean conservation nonprofit focused on the sailing and boating community, announced that Sail Martha’s Vineyard and Tisbury Waterways have taken the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas Pledge for Gold level Clean Regattas certification of the 2013 Vineyard Cup competition.
Clean Regattas certification provides independent, third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program, or regatta is environmentally responsible and is doing its utmost to protect and restore the waters upon which people sail, according to a press release.
“The Vineyard Cup is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Annie Brett of Sailors for the Sea. “We are thrilled to support Sail Martha’s Vineyard and Tisbury Waterways in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with them, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize their conservation efforts and help promote responsible environmental behaviors among their supporters and the regatta participants.”
The eighth annual Vineyard Cup is scheduled for July 12–14. It is expected to attract more than 100 boats from as far away as Florida.
The Vineyard Cup organizing committee and Tisbury Waterways will undertake several efforts in their Clean Regattas campaign that include providing easy-to-find and easy-to-use recycling containers in and around the race village in Tisbury and aggressively addressing storm water runoff year-round.
Information on the Vineyard Cup, as well as online registration forms, are currently available at www.vineyardcup.com.
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, according to a press release. For more information, visit www.sailorsforthesea.org.