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Wave Regatta at Howth Champions 'Sailors for the Sea' Environmental Initiative

13th April 2018
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Reusable bottles for Wave Regatta in Howth Reusable bottles for Wave Regatta in Howth

Wave Regatta, the IRC & ECHO regional championships at Howth, is to champion Sailors for the Sea environmental initiative. Participants in the June Bank Holiday Regatta are being asked to take a lead role in the fight against environmental damage as part of the ‘Sailors for the Sea’ initiative.

Upwards of 1,000 competitors are expected for the three day event being staged by Howth Yacht Club (June 1st-3rd) and organisers have launched a series of initiatives to assist the scheme.

In place of buying slabs of bottled water for racing crews, the club will install a permanent drinking water machine on-site and is supplying all entrants with re-usable bottles. Other measures being taken by the Wave Regatta organisers include use of bio-degradable drinking glasses, avoid plastic food-wrapping, banning plastic straws and reducing the use of paper where possible.

“This isn’t about saving the planet in one go but making small changes that collectively can make a difference,” said Alistair Kissane, Wave Regatta Sustainability Officer. “As regular sea-users, we witness the harm being done to this resource so our programme aims to generate awareness and practical steps to halt the damage being caused.”

Crews are being invited to cycle to the regatta with secure bike parking facilities provided on-site and as a further incentive, someone sharing a photograph or video social media after cycling to the event will earn a free burger following racing.

For those travelling longer distances, car-pooling will also be encouraged while crews travelling from the southside of Dublin are being offered a special daily ferry service from Dun Laoghaire departing at 0815 on the St. Bridget and arriving in Howth in time for racing. Special DART train fares are also being negotiated.

“This will be the fifth year that Howth Yacht Club has participated in the Sailors for the Sea programme but as Wave Regatta will be our highest profile event yet, we think there’s a great opportunity to make an impact through simple measures,” said Brian Turvey, Wave Regatta Organising chairman. “Ultimately, this is in everyone’s interest so hopefully all our crews will get on board with us.”

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Wave Regatta provides Howth Yacht Club and the community on the Howth peninsula in County Dublin with a biennial keelboat racing event that aims to be the most attractive sailing event in Ireland.

Maximising many of the local natural resources and involving allied Howth businesses and services, it attracted competitors, visitors and others on its first staging in 2018 with a weekend-long spectacle establishing Howth as a destination of choice for sailors, visitors and allied marine tourism.

Read Afloat's preview and review of the first staging of Wave Regatta.

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