SUS­TAIN­ABLE YACHT RACING

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A US SAILING EVENT – The At­lantic Cup – has be­come that na­tion’s first sports event to be ISO 20121 com­pli­ant and the only sailing race in the US to be car­bon neu­tral since 2012.

For the first time in its five-year his­tory, the race had a ro­bust waste man­age­ment plan, which re­sulted in 88 per­cent land­fill diver­sion rate, with 538 lbs of com­post, 394 lbs of re­cy­cling and 139 lbs of trash sent to a land­fill. The At­lantic Cup has been sin­gle-use plas­tic wa­ter bot­tle free since its in­cep­tion in 2011.

ISO 20121 is a man­age­ment sys­tem stan­dard that was de­signed to as­sist event-ori­ented or­gan­i­sa­tions im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of their ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­duc­tions. The in­ter­na­tional ver­sion of the stan­dard was de­vel­oped for the Lon­don 2012 Olympics and it de­scribes the lay­out of a man­age­ment sys­tem that can help any event re­lated or­gan­i­sa­tion to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and be­come more so­cially re­spon­si­ble, while main­tain­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the event.

“Track­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives for the At­lantic Cup is a chal­leng­ing en­deav­our due to the mo­bile na­ture of the race,” says Brian Funk, the At­lantic Cup’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Di­rec­tor. “The com­bi­na­tion of off­shore racing and land-based events makes for a unique dy­namic in en­sur­ing we were meet­ing our in­ter­nal goal of be­ing the most sus­tain­able sailing race in the United States”

The At­lantic Cup, pre­sented by 11th Hour Racing is, at 1,048 nau­ti­cal miles, the long­est off­shore race in the Western At­lantic. It started in 2011 as a con­cept event and grew to a multi-stage race. The race is sailed solely in Class 40s, mono­hulls de­signed for short­handed racing. The 2016 race fea­tured an in­ter­na­tional field of nine teams from the US, Spain, France, UK, Swe­den and Canada.

Wild Oats XI at the start of this year’s Bris­bane-to-kep­pel Race. In what was the first real test for the new bow sec­tion, she went on to lop more than seven hours off her own record time for the 348 nau­ti­cal mile course. Photo – An­drea Fran­col­ini.

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