Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom LEADERBOARD

Cowes Week builds on sustainability initiative for 2019

by Cowes Week Ltd 29 Jun 2019 11:10 BST 10-17 August 2019
Cowes Week builds on sustainability initiative for 2019 © Paul Wyeth / CWL

Cowes Week Ltd, organisers of Cowes Week, the world's largest regatta and a highlight of the British Summer Season, is continuing to work towards making the event more sustainable with the event due to begin on Saturday 10th August.

CWL is signed up to the Sailors for the Sea 'Clean Regattas Programme', a voluntary, self-assessment tool that provides a system to benchmark what the environmental footprint is today and set goals for the future. Cowes Week has achieved a Silver Certification.

This year, CWL has taken the decision not to give competitors bow stickers or decals for their boats in what is sure to be a popular move with the increasing concern about plastic entering the sea. It is, however, recognised that bow stickers are a useful branding tool for the event and for sponsors, especially in images and CWL has come up with an innovative solution: using virtual bow stickers, which will be applied to a range of images, post-production for use by the press and in event communications and marketing.

CWL will also not be issuing competitor wristbands, which in the past have not been recyclable. Instead all competitors will be able to use a code in the event App in order to access a range of competitor-specific benefits including offers and discounts across the regatta.

CWL would like to encourage all competitors to avoid single-use plastic and to instead use refillable water bottles. CWL will be once again working with aql, Cowes Week's Official Communications sponsor, who will be installing water sensors on the Sunsail-funded water fountains situated at Cowes Yacht Haven and Shepards Marina to monitor usage throughout the week.

On the water, all the regatta support boats will be supplied with large water canisters to allow crew to refill throughout the day. Cowes Week Ltd is once again encouraging local shops and caf├ęs to offer free water refills to anyone with a re-usable drinks bottle. Businesses interested in joining the scheme will be given a sticker indicating their participation to the public.

Find out more at www.sailorsforthesea.org/programs/clean-regattas and www.cowesweek.co.uk

Related Articles

Cruising Association to sponsor Club Cruiser Class
Racing takes place under the ISCRS handicap system Cowes Week Limited, organisers of the UK's largest and best known sailing event is delighted to announce that the Cruising Association will be sponsoring a trophy for the newly introduced Club Cruiser Class. Posted on 17 Mar
Changes to cruiser classes at Cowes Week 2020
Here's what you can look forward to Sitting here in Cowes on a January morning it's impossible not to look out of the window and reflect on what was, in the end, a really amazing week's racing in 2019. Posted on 8 Jan
Entries open for 2020 Cowes Week Regatta
A regatta that tests all of the different sailing skills Cowes Week is much more than just another windward-leeward boat race. It's a regatta that tests all of the different sailing skills, combined with what has been for many years a get-together that brings together sailors from around the Solent. Posted on 19 Dec 2019
Cowes Week announces the Official Charity for 2020
Scaramouche Sailing Trust gets youngster from North London into sailing Cowes Week Limited is delighted to announce that the Official Charity for the 2020 edition of the regatta will be Greig City Academy's, Scaramouche Sailing Trust. This six year old school sailing club, which became a charity last year Posted on 15 Dec 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 8
The final day's racing is for the Cowes Town Regatta The historic and prestigious trophies available include the George Oliver Challenge Cup, Royal Cowes Town Regatta Challenge Cup, Sir Godfrey Baring Bowl and Culpan Challenge Cup. Posted on 17 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 7
Fridays's racing held in an increasing south-southwesterly breeze Fridays's racing in an increasing south-southwesterly breeze determined the overall class winners at Cowes Week, as well as those for Black and White groups and the whole regatta. Posted on 17 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 6
A breezy day on the Solent, with powerful gusts to 25 knots The Quarter Ton class is renowned for thrills and spills in stronger winds. Today Sir Keith Mills' Cote led around much of the course, challenged initially by Oscar Strugstad's Dawn Raid, before the latter broke the spinnaker pole in a broach. Posted on 15 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 5
Very shifty southerly winds provide testing conditions Very shifty southerly winds provided testing conditions for navigators and tacticians at Cowes Week today as a number of weather fronts passed over the race area. Posted on 14 Aug 2019
Lucy Macgregor scoops Slingsby Ladies Day Trophy
Women in sailing celebrated at Cowes Week 2019 Lucy Macgregor, has been announced as the winner of the Slingsby Ladies Day Trophy at Cowes Week. The trophy recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing. Posted on 14 Aug 2019
Cowes Week 2019 day 4
Competitors enjoyed a classic day of Solent racing today For the Black Group yachts the day culminated in a classic downwind finish against the tide past the Green to the Royal Yacht Squadron, with competitors gybing frequently in a building breeze. Posted on 13 Aug 2019