Youth Sailing World Championships

Environmental focus at the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships

The 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA will be the first World Sailing event to include an environmental focus in a World Championship with the adoption of a Sustainability and Ocean Restoration theme.

With this landmark approach, the 2018 Youth Worlds will be used as a Sustainability Benchmark for all future World Sailing Championships, for future Corpus Christi citywide events and throughout the Texas Youth Sailing Regatta circuit.

The 48th edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships will be held from 14 to 21 July 2018. The Organising Authority is World Sailing in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Yacht Club and US Sailing.

The Youth Worlds hosts the best young sailors, aged up to 19-years-old, on the Olympic pathway. Corpus Christi will welcome 400 sailors from 65 nations. The regatta will be a certified ‘clean regatta’ with clearly defined goals and active educational pieces incorporated into the event program in a bid to instil a passion for protecting the oceans and raise awareness of the importance of sustainable practices in everyone’s daily lives.

To help fulfill the mission of a ‘clean regatta’, the Organising Committee will designate a ‘Green Team’ for the Championships and work closely with 11th Hour Racing to achieve the following goals:

  • Reach the Platinum Level of Clean Regatta, as designated by Sailors for the Sea,
  • Promote environmental awareness and ocean conservation to the youth participants in the regatta and local South Texas community by including an environmental education component in the regatta festivities.
  • Create an environmental legacy program for the South Texas Community and for the Youth Sailing World Championships.
  • Publish a sustainability report based on Global Reporting Initiative Standards which can be used as a benchmark for future sailing and sporting events.

In order to ensure the goals are met, competitors, team leaders, coaches, volunteers and all stakeholders will be asked to follow guidelines that include, but are not limited to:

  • Bringing personal reusable water bottles as no single-use plastic bottles will be allowed in the venue.
  • Bringing reusable shopping bags and food containers as no plastic bags or single-use plastics will be allowed in the hotel or venue.
  • Disposing of proper waste receptacles for recycling, composting and landfill.
  • Cleaning boats with water only as deck soaps contain phosphates and nitrates that can dramatically affect water quality and can harm sea life.
  • Choosing reef safe sunscreens.

With the support of Corpus Christi Yacht Club, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Art Center of Corpus Christi, the event will include a series of sustainability initiatives, such as:

  • Beach clean-ups sponsored by Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation;
  • Movie screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’;
  • Exhibition of Sheila Rogers ‘Oceans of Plastic’ artwork, as part of an education piece at the Art Center of Corpus Christi;
  • Competitor’s Award for best sustainability practices;
  • Exhibition of solar-powered compost machine designed by the Islander Green Team, a student organization at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Banner photo: Sanya Youth Sailing World Championship 2017, © Tomas Moya/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

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