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Environmentally Friendly Sailing

Monday, 04 April 2016

Environmentally Friendly Sailing

It is easy to assume that the waste from one sailing yacht is not substantial enough to have a negative effect on the environment, however the collective impact can cause significant damage. As sailing often takes place all year round and the community is spread all over the globe, the damage is often far worse than other water based activities. There are many simple changes we can make to protect our oceans.

The ISAF Code of Environmental Friendly Behaviour to Protect our Seas, Lakes and Waterways has been written to help ensure we are all doing our bit to help the environment, whilst enjoying our favourite sport. There are some simple steps you can follow:

- Try to buy foods with little to no packaging, meaning there is no plastic wrappers left on-board only to end up in the water. Where this isn’t possible, try to remove wrapping before you get on board and dispose of it safely ashore. 

- Re-use waste if you can, or buy reusable storage containers and water bottles. If you cannot find a use for your empty cereal boxes and milk cartons, recycling facilities should be sought out, where possible.

- Get your engine maintained regularly can help you to avoid suffering from an environmentally harmful leak in the future.

- Use a funnel when refuelling and transfer any waste oil in sealed containers to prevent any accidental spillages.

- Use cleaning products that do not contain bleach or chlorine, and ensure chemicals do not enter the water, especially in enclosed areas.

- Use toilets on-shore where possible as raw sewage is not good for the environment.

-Navigate carefully near wildlife - try to keep a 50 metre berth and use binoculars if you want to get a closer view.

- Keep anchors away from reefs and avoid beaching, as this can damage the seabed and habitat.

For full details of the ISAF Code of Environmental Friendly Behaviour please visit: 

http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/ISAFCodeofEnvironmentalFriendlyBehaviour-[7289].pdf 

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