SFTS_Medallions_DIGITAL-USE-ONLY_8.24.2014Which steps does the Aruba International Regatta undertake towards a Sustainable and Clean Regatta?

We REDUCE the amount of material being used,

We RE-USE as much as possible,

And we RECYCLE. When there is no other alternative we use materials that can be recycled.

How?

We are going to reduce the amount of plastics being used and no Styrofoam will be used. The regatta organization will opt for drinks in cans/glass instead of drinks in single-use plastic bottles. At the “Watering-station” free chilled water will be available for people who bring their own refillable bottle.  You can buy an aluminum botell to be refilled at the goodies stand. At the end of the Regatta we will count how many plastic bottles we didn’t use during the weekend. Where cups are being used (coffee or cold drinks) they are made of recyclable material. If possible they will be used several times before discarding.

The food-containers for the lunches are made of recyclable material. No plastic utensils will be used. There will be a vegetarian option for lunches.

We will reduce the amount of paper being used. There won’t be an information booklet anymore. All information can be found on-line or on the noticeboard. Only the registration-form and the sailing instructions will be on paper. The paper being used is made of 100% recycled paper and will be printed double-sided if possible.

At the regatta-site on different locations there will be garbage bins to separate waste. They will be labelled “cans” / “plastics” /”‘glass“/ “decompostables” (food-scraps). When the weekend is over the contents will be brought to different locations to be reused or recycled. Please try to get rid of your waste in the correct bins.

The signaling-horns are manually operated or by air-pressure and can be re-used year after year.

Re-usable shopping bags will be used while shopping for groceries.

We use rechargeable batteries where possible.

Signage is produced in such a way that it can be re-used year after year.

The awards are made of recycled and or re-used materials by The Plastic Beach Party.

Please take notice of Rule 55 of the ISAF regulations which states: “A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water”. No discharge from boats will be allowed.

Boats will be discouraged to scrub their hulls to prevent anti-fouling polluting the water. At the end of the day please only rinse your boat with water, don’t use soap (or only use the bio-degradable kind).

The regatta has introduced a Green Team consisting of Anita Aerts, Magali van Welie, Nadine van der Woude, Monica Oplaat and Eric Mijts. If you have any questions or need information about our Sustainability project you can contact them or visit the information stand on the site.

At the end of the event we will do an extra clean-up to assure the beach is left as beautiful as it was, and maybe even cleaner.

Enjoy the Regatta!

(and leave no trace)