The 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Genoa marks the return, after many years, of top international Olympic Class racing in Genoa.
Over 800 Athletes from 60 nations will contend against each other on the international circuit.
WS , FIV and YCI are fully committed to incorporating the highest level of environmental stewardship into regatta practices.
We are excited to use this event as a model for future FIV ( Italian Sailing Federation ) and Yacht Club Italiano regattas and events.
In 2017 FIV and Yacht Club Italiano became signatories to the Charta Smeralda, the “One Ocean Foundation” Code of Conduct, which defines ethical principles and rules of conduct to safeguard the marine environment. By signing the document, FIV and Yacht Club Italiano have given an undertaking to share and disseminate the cultural, ethical and behavioural principles underpinning the Charta. The message being conveyed is crucial for the defence of the sea and FIV and YCI will do their utmost to promote marine pollution awareness among their members, athletes and all sailors taking part in regattas organized by them.
By running a “clean regatta” and actively incorporating education pieces into regatta activities, we wish to instill a passion for protecting our oceans and the importance of sustainable practices in our daily lives.
FIV believes that all sailors, coaches and race officials are responsible for the health of our waters.
Water and air quality is certified by ARPAL, the regional agency of Ligurian Environment Protection, which has classified the race area as “excellent or compliant” over the last 5 years.
The Hempel World Cup Series Genoa has a huge impact on the environment and thare e Gulf of Genoa area, and as regatta organizers, we are committed to limiting the negative environmental impacts of the event while working to establish sustainable practices, such as buoy biodegradables mooring ropes, that can be maintained long after the regatta is over.
Our goals for the 2019 regatta are:
To organise an event in accordance with the Charta Smeralda which specifies we:
- Monitor and record water use.
- Reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint and adopt renewable energy.
- Have recycling facilities for paper, glass, aluminium, plastics and wood.
- Eliminate single use plastics.
- Collaborate with local organisations on protecting the oceans.
- Ensure no disturbance to marine biodiversity.
- Educate and involve new generations.
- Carry out a beach clean up.
- Assess, measure and monitor our environmental impact.
- Adopt an environmental policy.
- Implement an environmental plan with regard to the strategic and operational activities.
- Mark all surface water drains.
- Have a pollution incident plans for refuelling.
Additionally we will:
- Promote environmental stewardship throughout the local sailing clubs, specifically by creating partnerships with the junior programs at local yacht clubs.
- Educate coaches, race committee, and support personnel on environmental best practices for motorboat operation.
- Empower the local sailing clubs to incorporate environmental initiatives into their clubs through education.
In order to accomplish these goals, all competitors, team leaders, coaches and volunteers are expected to follow the below guidelines.
- Bring your own reusable water bottle wherever you go, including when racing.
- No single use plastic water bottles will be allowed.
- No plastic bags or single use plastics are allowed at the regatta venue<./li>
- Do not drop tape, rope or ends of gloves in the boat park, please ensure the area is tidy so trash does not blow into the water.
- Separate your waste for recycling: separate waste on board correctly and put it in the bins at the port where it will be collected. Use as little plastic as possible and make sure it does not accidentally fall into the water.
- Use eco-friendly sun creams: chemical solar filters can contain ingredients that are not only harmful to our health but are also highly toxic to the marine ecosystem.
- Do not waste water: eliminate wastage and when rinsing the boat use flow restrictors to help reduce consumption.
- Limit the use of fuel: when you use the engine, don't have it on full power. Sailing more slowly will not only help you to save fuel (and money), but will also reduce the disturbance to marine fauna.
- Prevent fuel loss: remember that leaking pollutants such as gas, oil and petroleum into the water creates some of the worst damage to the marine environment. Refuel your boat when you are in port, not in the water, and check that there are no leaks from the tank or reserve tanks before setting off.
The HSWC GENOVA O.A.