Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Shouldn’t We Be Calling for a Ban on Bow Stickers at All Sailing Events?

1st August 2018
Dragons racing at Cork Week Dragons racing at Cork Week Photo: Tim Wright

This was the subject of some discussion aboard our Dragon at the recent Volvo Cork Week. We had a UK Dragon sailor with us who also happens to be the organiser of the British Dragon Association East Coast Championships later this season.

As I asked him to apply our regulation Volvo bow stickers prior to racing he was somewhat reluctant but worked away nonetheless. But as we were sailing to the race course he pointed out that the pre-event notices and overwhelming message from the Cork Week organisers were supportive of the generic message that is “Turn the Tide on Plastic”. This was demonstrated practically by their very obvious “hydration stations” around the Cork Week village where sailors could refill their water containers during the day and especially before going sailing, and also their decision not to print and distribute paper SI’s. This was a clear and laudable message for which they should be applauded.

"This was a clear and laudable message for which Cork Week should be applauded"

Nevertheless, it was clear that many of the plastic bow stickers applied to the yachts that started Cork Week ahead of us (the Dragons only started racing on Thursday) were already lost into Cork Harbour and the surrounding waters. And indeed as it transpired most of those applied to the Dragons were lost in the same way after just day one.

Surely World Sailing or indeed even our own Irish Sailing should now consider a ban on these bow stickers for obvious reasons? There are other more sustainable ways for our very valuable sponsors to get their logo displayed at the event sites. Indeed logos can even be photoshopped onto event photos of the yachts sailing as required for publicity purposes.

I would be interested to hear other views.

Martin Byrne
Jaguar Sailing Team
Dragon IRL 201.

Martin Byrne is a Dragon Edinburgh Cup Winner and former Commodore of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's only full-time marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton
wave regatta
sovscup sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating