Topsail Insurance customer and Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) member Steve Brown has channelled his passion for the seas into organising an effort to help sailors collect, recycle and report plastics removed from oceans and coasts where they cruise.
“We believe the Earth's Oceans should be clean and safe for all life. We are committed to preventing the damage done by plastic and other waste by cleaning up coastlines and encouraging changes to waste disposal worldwide. We know that it can be done and we are certain that it is the right thing to do.” said Steve when asking for the support of the OCC.
Daria Blackwell, Rear Commodore responded, “As ocean cruisers, there are few people on the planet more keenly aware of the state of our oceans and the urgent need to clean them up in order to protect the earth’s wildlife and secure our own futures. We’ve seen plastic polluting the waters wherever on earth we have sailed. On behalf of our members, Ocean Cruising Club supports the efforts of the Coastal Clean-Up Campaign and urges all members and friends to get involved. After all, clean oceans start with us.”
The Coastal Clean-Up campaign is not asking for any government funding, no sponsorship or even donations. They are hoping to enlist the help of the rally organisers and cruising associations around the world in support of the initiative and each year will see the relaunch to the next wave of cruising sailors.
The website is now live HERE and and includes a form for cruisers to log what they collect and where they collect it, this is added to a database that can be used in the future to analyse what we find.