Antigua Sailing Week Certifies As Clean Regatta By Diverting 1.5 Tons Of Recycling

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One of many waste stations stationed throughout the event. ©GH268 [/caption]

The recently concluded 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week has again been successful in its commitment to running a clean regatta in compliance with Sailors for the Sea. This is the 12th year that the event has implemented practices to promote environmentally friendly practices, foster marine conservation efforts and adopt green initiatives all aimed at minimizing the event’s ecological impact.

In 2024 the event made significant strides in promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness through collaboration with various grass-root initiatives and was able to certify at the Silver Level for a 7th time.

One notable effort was spearheaded by the newly established non-profit organizationGood Humans 268 (GH268) and sponsored by Oasis Water. GH268 aims to change the lives of individuals with disabilities, by providing jobs at their recycling facility.  “We were able to engage them to be a part of our waste management strategy for 2024 by erecting waste stations around our official venues which were then monitored by GH268 Team members” said Rana Lewis, Event Manager.

GH268 led the charge in waste management, implementing simple strategies to reduce the amount Regatta created waste destined for the landfill. During the 10 day period almost one and half tons of recyclable materials – including cans, plastic & glass bottles were diverted from landfill.  Their efforts ensured that Antigua Sailing Week maintained a minimal environmental footprint, setting a precedent for sustainable event management.

“We’re extremely proud that this is the first major event in Antigua and Barbuda that we were invited to be a part of. We are already looking ahead to next year’s Sailing Week and we would love to see our recycling stations at other national events, as we continue to provide opportunities to the differently abled.” said Joshuanette Francis, GH268 founder.

 Silver Perpetual Trophies & Reclaimed Wood Keeper Trophies at the Final Awards. ©Takumi Media[/caption]

Another noteworthy initiative, the adoption of hand-made trophies made from reclaimed wood by coastal stewardship organization Adopt-a-Coastline, exemplified the event’s commitment to resource conservation. These trophies which were presented at the final award ceremony not only symbolize excellence in sailing but also serve as tangible reminders of the importance of repurposing materials and preserving natural resources.

AB Sea Turtles information booth at the Regatta Village © Takumi Media[/caption]

Furthermore, the regatta village also served as a platform for environmental education and awareness, with the presence of organizations such asAntigua & Barbuda Sea Turtles and Elkhorn Conservancy. Through interactive exhibits and educational activities, these organizations engaged participants and spectators alike, raising awareness about the importance of protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species like green turtles and elkhorn coral.

“ASW’s continued partnership with Sailors for the Sea represents our commitment to promoting sustainability within the sailing community. By implementing green initiatives and collaborating with environmental organizations, we strive to inspire positive change and foster a deeper appreciation for the marine environment throughout participants, stakeholders and the wider community,” stated Rana Lewis, Event Manager at ASW.

Overall, the regatta stands as a shining example of how large attendance sporting events in the Caribbean can embrace sustainability practices and foster environmental stewardship within their communities. Through collaborative efforts and various solutions, Antigua Sailing Week continues to inspire positive change and promote a harmonious relationship between recreation and the environment.

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