Sustainability Kick Start for Euros and Live Broadcast from Kiel
RYA aims to set new sustainability standards at VOLVO 49er, 49erFX and NACRA 17 European Championship
The Volvo 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championship will mark Plastic Free Day with a beach clean as part of its commitment to sustainability.
Sailors, coaches, support staff and members of the public are invited to join the beach clean at 5pm on May 8 at Chesil Beach, close to the regatta venue of Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
The beach clean is part of a raft of sustainable practices implemented by regatta organisers, the RYA and the 49er and Nacra 17 class associations to limit the impact of the event on the environment and raise awareness of environmental issues.
“The RYA are very proud to be hosting such a prestigious international event and we wish to use this opportunity to set better sustainability standards that can be emulated by other sailing events throughout the country,” said Ian Walker, RYA Director of Racing. “Sailing relies on nature and sailors feel they have a responsibility to lead the way on these issues.”
It is backed by The Green Blue, a joint initiative between the RYA and British Marine to promote sustainable environmental practice in boating.
Sustainability is also a key priority for regatta title sponsor Volvo Car UK, as well as funding partner UK Sport.
Volvo is aiming to be climate-neutral in its manufacturing operations and for at least 25 per cent.
More Racing for the Juniors
Stemming from the large surge of sailors joining the 49er and 49erFX fleets in recent years, and at ever younger ages, the 49er Class is pleased to announce a 2nd annual Junior age event each year. Starting in 2019, we will be hosting two Junior Only age events for the U23 sailors in the fleet.
With youth racing until U19, and the large jump in skills to compete at the senior level, the Junior age regattas are becoming more important than ever. We are please to join up in 2019 with Vilamoura Sailing, and will look to keep this 2nd annual regatta going from now on.
The 2019 Junior World Championships are in July in Risor, Norway. Over 100 teams are already signed up.
With the announcement the 2nd regatta, the Junior Europeans this winter in Vilamoura, the youngsters who won’t be able to travel down under for the big circuit will have something to train for.
Kiel Week and the 49er Class to produce English Language Broadcast for 2019