Velux 5 Oceans Certified as a Clean Regatta.

It’s one of those days. One of those days designated by some bureaucrat as being the official day to focus our attention on something important. Today (June 8th) has been declared World Oceans Day and it is important because without the oceans there would not be a yacht racing industry.

Thankfully, most involved with the sport of sailing have an understanding of the importance of the marine environment. Sailing as a sport plays a large role in generating awareness for a variety of organisations that protect marine ecosystems, animals and birds.

The VELUX 5 OCEANS race has had the environments high on its agenda for a while. Now the event has teamed up with ocean conservation group Sailors for the Sea

VELUX 5 OCEANS race management has pledged to make the 30,000 nautical mile race a ‘Clean Regatta’ – a certification program from Sailors for the Sea which helps regattas, yacht clubs and sailing programs achieve higher environmental standards. The event has been certified as operating at ‘gold’ status, the highest rating given by US-based organisation. In doing so, they will ensure the VELUX 5 OCEANS generates less waste, reduces the amount of debris in the water and limits the amount of fossil fuels used during the race.

VELUX 5 OCEANS Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said:

“Sustainability is at the core of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, so to be certified a ‘Clean Regatta’ by Sailors for the Sea is a great boost for us. It reinforces our commitment to spreading an eco-friendly message around the world.”

Chris Mancini, program director for the Sailors for the Sea added:

“Sailors for the Sea is very excited to work with the VELUX 5 OCEANS race to support its commitment to ocean health protection and preservation. The commitment that this gruelling race is making toward prioritizing ocean health should be an inspiration to boaters everywhere.”

At the race start in La Rochelle The VELUX Group will showcase a zero energy concept house and announce and celebrate the winners of the International VELUX Award 2010 for students of architecture at an award event. Besides helping others reducing their impact on the climate The VELUX Group have set a goal of cutting its own CO2 emission by 50% in 2020.

The Clean Regatta program is available for all interested yacht clubs, regattas and sailing programs, and is found across the U.S., in the Caribbean, and now literally around the world in 2010. Clubs and regattas can realize immediate economic benefits by participating in the program ranging from saving money by reducing reliance on plastic bottles, fossil fuels, and disposable products; to getting discounts on environmentally friendly products through the Clean Regattas program; to reducing excess spending by anticipating regulations and avoiding abrupt and costly changes due to new laws and related cleanup efforts; and attracting new sponsors, donors, investors, and foundations for non-profit clubs through the positive awareness of the Clean Regatta efforts.

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