By launching the Code of Environmentally Friendly Behaviour, ISAF is aiming to showcase a few simple steps to sailors everywhere which will help preserve the natural venues that play host to our sport around the world.
Jane MOON, Project Chair overseeing the work of the Environment Group, said, 'Sailing is essentially an environmentally friendly sport using the natural resources of wind and water. I have been pleased to work together with Michael STOLDT and Marta WEORES to develop a set of guidelines to sailors which will further enhance our environmentally friendly sporting activities and encourage all sailors whether, racers, cruisers or leisure sailors to follow these guidelines and help to preserve our seas, lakes, and waterways.'
The launch of the ISAF Code of Environmentally Friendly Behaviour follows on from Objective 9 of the ISAF Strategic Plan. In its basic form, the Code covers a few key areas where sailors can minimize their impact on the environment.
Over the past few years, some of ISAF's major events have already demonstrated their awareness of environmental issues. The 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Lake Neusiedl ran under the title of 'sport in harmony with environment and nature'. The organizers of the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship also showed their commitment to the environment by linking up with the The Green Blue initiative.
ISAF is also launching the ISAF Environment microsite at www.sailing.org/environment, where you will be able to find the Code, links to successful environmental sailing initiatives around the world and all the latest news on sailing and the environment.