2015, 2016, 2018

Vineyard Cup

Since 2015, the Vineyard Cup has been run as a zero waste regatta that also only serves locally sourced food that was grown or raised on Martha’s Vineyard. The locally sourced/zero waste model has been continually refined by Sail Matha’s Vineyard, first expanding amongst their own events, such as the Vineyard Challenge (held in 2015 and 2016), and additionally sharing their sustainability plans and lessons learned with regattas around the country.


Sail Martha’s Vineyard, the host of the Vineyard Cup, operates in an environmentally responsible manner at all times and with all of its programs, both on the water and ashore. They seek to position Sail Martha’s Vineyard as the leading marine environmental and sustainability advocate and educator on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, while developing and promoting an environmentally responsible and economical event model of sustainability that becomes the standard, not only on Martha’s Vineyard but, over time, across the entire United States sailing community.


  • The events efforts have resulted in diverting 90% of their waste from the landfill through composting, recycling, and eliminating single-use products common at regattas such as disposable cups, straws, and service ware.
  • 3 days of events with over 900 meals served results in only 3 cubic feet of waste going to the landfill.
  • The island of Martha’s Vineyard has come together to supply locally sourced food including wild-caught sustainable seafood, island-grown vegetables, and locally raised pigs.
  • With the knowledge learned at this event, Sail Martha’s Vineyard has also helped other island events reduce their waste, including, the Hospice 5k Roadrace, the MV Film Festival’s Cinema Circus, the MV Museum fundraiser, and the MV Agricultural Society Fair this year.

To view the full sustainability report from the Vineyard Cup, click here.

The Road to Zero Waste – Video from the 2018 Vineyard Cup

Video & Photos of the 2016 Vineyard Cup and Vineyard Challenge


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