Organizing A Clean Regatta

Published on October 12th, 2016

There are countless ways to improve our environment, but cultural progress does not occur until smart actions become habitual. This begins with awareness, and the Clean Regatta program managed by Sailors for the Sea is the leading effort to raise the consciousness of competitive sailors.

If you are hosting a Regatta, consider making it a Clean Regatta.

The backbone of every successful Clean Regatta comes from a strong sustainability plan. Follow these steps to create yours today:

Register Regatta
Click here to create an account and make your commitment to reducing the environmental impact at your event.

Select Best Practices
Registration will give you access to the Clean Regattas tool kit and the online checklist to select which best practices work for your event. There are 25 practices to choose from, and the registration form allows you to select which certification level you hope to achieve.

Assemble A Green Team
Your green team may be a party of 2 or 200, but ensure you have a core group dedicated to sustainability that will lead planning and communication of green initiatives.

Share your commitment to Clean Regattas on your organization’s home page, in your Notice of Race, and in communications to race participants.


In the days leading up and during your regatta, monitor Clean Regattas efforts and adapt as needed. Collect metrics and photographs to share for certification. Suggestions are located in the implementation portion of the toolkit.

Get Certified
Complete the certification form to get your official Clean Regattas certification. Regattas that wish to be certified at the Bronze (7+), Silver (13+) or Gold (19+) Level must engage in a minimum number of Best Practices.

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