Cowes Week promotes sustainable boating with Green Blue Day on 2nd August
‘Simple but impactful’ green initiatives are planned for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week this year (2nd - 9th August). Visitors to Cowes Week will learn a lot about keeping our coastal waters protected from boat waste and fuel pollution thanks to a day dedicated to educating both sailors and spectators. Saturday 2nd August has been designated Green Blue Day to encourage people to think more sustainably during the week’s festivities.
There will also be practical advice on sustainable boating on hand from The Green Blue during racing registration at Cowes Week, with special environmental products including bilge socks, fuel collars, and eco boat wash available for free. This will encourage boaters to take away and try the latest eco products.
Recyclable bow stickers are being used on racing vessels in a bid to keep the Solent clear of paper waste. And to cut down on plastic waste generated by the crowds at the regatta, visitors are asked to bring re-usable water bottles. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week branded sports bottles will be available for sale during the week for £2, with a proportion of all sales being donated to UKSA, the regatta’s Official Charity. Free water stations will be available at Cowes Yacht Haven and Shepards Wharf Marina for refills throughout the Week, thanks to financial support from Sunsail.
Advice from The Green Blue
The organizers of the world famous regatta – Cowes Week Limited – have teamed up with The Green Blue to make all this happen. This is a joint environmental initiative of the Royal Yachting Association, the British Marine Federation and Sunsail, that aims to promote green issues during the week-long event.
Organisers of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, Cowes Week Limited, have teamed-up with The Green Blue – the joint environment initiative of the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine Federation - and Sunsail to further develop the number of green initiatives already in place at the regatta.
Commenting on the practical steps taken to improve sustainability at this year’s regatta, Jane Swan, Project Manager at The Green Blue, said: “It’s fantastic to see Cowes Week Limited encouraging everyone to go green at this year’s regatta. The Solent is a unique backdrop to this amazing event and the perfect platform to raise awareness of how easy sustainable boating can be and how important it is to keep the sailing waters around us in great shape.”
#GoGreenBlue Photo Competition
Competitors are also being challenged to take a green snap and submit it via Twitter or Instagram using #GoGreenBlue, and enter a fun competition. Incredible Hulk, Ninja Turtle or Green Lantern fancy dress, retrieving marine litter, green cocktails or recycling on board - if it’s green, anything goes!
The prizes are well worth winning - a luxury ski holiday in Canada and tickets to the FA Cup Final in 2015 courtesy of Sunsail’s partners, Crystal Ski Holidays and Sportsworld.