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Mullaghmore Sailing Club Regatta Awarded Silver Certification by Sailors for the Sea

23rd September 2021
Mullaghmore Sailing Club's Regatta dining area was covered by upcycled sails and the Bar made from recycled wooden pallets
Mullaghmore Sailing Club's Regatta dining area was covered by upcycled sails and the Bar made from recycled wooden pallets

Mullaghmore Sailing Club has been awarded Silver Certification by Sailors for the Sea for its participation in the Clean Regattas Programme through its annual regatta.

This is the first year that Mullaghmore regatta participated in the programme, a certification system enabling event organisers and participants to protect the marine environment with 25 best practices for sustainability.

The best practices achieved involved, the banning of single-use plastic bottles, use of eGreen Premium Flexy Glass, eGreen Wooden Biodegradable Cutlery, & Biodegradable Palm Leaf Plates while the dining area was covered by upcycled sails and the Bar made from recycled wooden pallets. Event participants were presented with Ecoset Reusable Drinks flasks and Organic certified GOTS T-shirt’s. 

The event was sponsored by Camile Thai - a restaurant chain with strong eco-credentials and a focus on sustainability, health and community development and by KBI Global Investors which is an investment management firm specialising in ESG and Impact investing themes including a €2bn+ fund which is focused on providing solutions to water-related issues.

Andrea McElroy, Liz Morrow and Sean Hawkshaw formed a ‘Green Team’ under the leadership of Club Commodore Michal Czubala, to coordinate everything from waste disposal and recycling, to the provision of locally sourced food and sustainable prizes. 

Club Commodore, Michal Czubala praised the efforts of the organising committee and club members in embracing the Clean Regattas programme, “while environmental best practices have always been at the core of the club's values, participation in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program has helped focus our efforts and ensure that a clean and safe environment is front and centre both in our annual regatta event and in the running of our Junior Sailing Programme.” Team

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

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