Van Uden Reco Stellendam is proud to announce that they are the first in The Netherlands to have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program.
The ocean is in crisis, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land each year and 40% of the oceans are heavily affected by human activity, including pollution, overfishing and destructive fishing practices, and the loss of coastal habitats. Clean Regattas is a certification system that enables sailors to protect their local waters with 25 Best Practices that make sustainability approachable and easy. This program is an effort by Sailors for the Sea raising the bar for environmental sustainability and ocean health around the world.
“We are thrilled that Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea. “We are thrilled to support the VUR Regatta in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with the regatta, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize their conservation efforts and help foster ocean friendly behavior.”
The Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta will be held for the twelfth consecutive year on April 23rd and 24th 2016. It will be the first regatta in the Netherlands with a Green Regattas Certificate.
Holland Regatta Club and Marina Stellendam are dedicated to protecting the waters upon which we sail. According to Regatta Chair, Martine Vos “The Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta is excited to implement the Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact. We are also interested in raising awareness about the issues our ocean faces such as marine debris, chemical runoff and ocean acidification”.
The VUR will undertake several efforts in their Clean Regattas campaign, including: