The Green Blue

Sustainability Challenge

The RYA and British Marine’s joint environment initiative The Green Blue has revealed University of Manchester Sailing Club as the overall winner of the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 2017-18. Environmental problems like waste disposal, climate change and the pollution of our oceans affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. Environmental issues are also a hot topic in lecture halls ...

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Tackling plastic pollution

As the UK considers a tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution, The Green Blue takes a look at what boaters can do to help. In the autumn budget Philip Hammond called for evidence into the use of everyday plastics and how a charge could help shrink the UK’s waste – a project now well underway. Just last month ...

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GOING GREEN FOR CHRISTMAS

If you are still searching for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas presents, there is no better time to look at some nifty gadgets that will go on being useful – at home or on board – even when the novelty factor has worn off and Christmas Day is a distant memory. Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager There ...

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Dust, Debris and Drips

Emma Barton, RYA Planning & Environmental Manager As the nights draw in, thoughts will be turning to annual winter maintenance tasks and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul for next season. Antifouling paints are hazardous mixtures that prevent the build-up of marine organisms on vessel hulls. They work largely by releasing biocides into ...

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Winning Formula

In The Green Blue’s 2016-17 University Sailing Sustainability Challenge 20 University Sailing Clubs from across the UK competed to be top of the leader board in environmental sustainability. From these 20 clubs six achieved the highest level of sustainability in the challenge and received the gold award. The winners included Bangor, Cardiff, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Edinburgh and Kent USCs. As well ...

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Up for the challenge

Only launched two years ago, The Green Blue’s University Sailing Sustainability Challenge has already led to a new sustainability initiative with the RS Aero UK Class. When The Green Blue launched its University Sailing Sustainability Challenge in 2015, little did it know that within two years it would have doubled in size with over 20 university sailing teams competing for ...

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The Wild Side

Be steady and predictable on the water this season and you might get to enjoy even more wildlife. Jane Swan, The Green Blue Project Manager There is nothing that causes a stir of excitement on board more than spotting a dolphin on the bow wave. At certain times of the year you may also be lucky enough to come alongside ...

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TAKING CENTRE STAGE

The work of The Green Blue extends beyond the UK sharing knowledge and ideas with businesses and organisations internationally. Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer   Before Christmas I had the pleasure of attending several conferences both as a delegate and speaker. There were lots of interesting topics discussed as well as organisations taking steps towards achieving their sustainability targets, ...

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Water Matters

There has been a lot of media attention on microbeads and the effect that these may have on our marine environment. Dan Reading, Green Blue Sustainability Officer Firstly, some of you might be asking what microbeads are and why you have not seen any. Essentially they are small (less than 1mm) pieces of plastic which are used for a wide ...

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GREEN BLUE: Stop the Spill

Are you an RYA instructor or training centre interested in adding value to your courses? The Green Blue now offers visits to train instructors in a new selection of fun, interactive and informative environment and boating activities with intriguing names like Alien Tag and Stop the Spill. The Green Blue has been calling in at sailing clubs and centres across ...

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