Yachties and boaties have a natural affinity with the environment and it’s why Yachting New Zealand have launched a wide-ranging environmental strategy we hope will prompt real change within the sport.
We have targeted five key areas in their strategy: clean yacht clubs, a strong network of organisations who work together, lowering the impact events have on the environment, a focus on technology and greater education and awareness.
“We recognise we all need to make changes to help protect and enhance the marine and coastal environment for the enjoyment of all,” Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie said. “We are in a good position to influence our network of clubs and other stakeholders and help bring about positive change.
Yachting New Zealand have identified a number of initiatives to help make a difference, ranging from leading an annual beach clean-up day and developing a clean club standard to investigating the use of battery-powered coach boats and ensuring all Yachting New Zealand events eliminate single use plastics.