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All Bermuda Race entrants are encouraged to name an environmental steward as part of your race crew. We urge you to contact your skipper, discuss a sustainability plan and make sure the entry management system reflects your role as "e-steward" under optional crew positions. Thank you for helping in making the Newport Bermuda Race a Clean Regatta!  


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 Name Boat/ Organization File Upload Link to Doc Optional Note Date Created
Environmental StewardshipBermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC)File Uploadsailorsforthesea.org

2024 Newport Bermuda Race e-stewards and other crew will find this article "WHAT TO DO WITH TRASH ABOARD?" by Jennifer Brett from Sailors of Sea helpful regarding trash handling. We call you attention to the last couple of paragraphs which gives guidance on the handling bio-degradable food waste per the MARPOL regs and while sailing in International waters. (See also our June 5, 2024 post below regarding composting (not currently available at RBYC, but being planned for future events.) Included in that post is a link to general info about garbage and recycling on the island of Bermuda.

June 12, 2024
Drew PlominiskiArtemisiaArtemisia-Projects-Environmental.pdf

The risk analysis (see uploaded document) is a brainstorm to capture potential hazards to the environment that a 40' racer/cruiser could potentially have in the context of an offshore race. The hazards are graded 1-5 for how often we might expect them to occur ("almost never" to "very likely") and graded according to the severity of the risk, if it happens-- 1 to 5 (from "minimal impact" to "catastrophic".) Obviously, leaking 5 or 10 gallons of diesel into the water isn't going to be an actual environmental catastrophe, but I graded this "high severity", as it's one of the worst things I could imagine happening while sailing in a place like Bermuda. Then, multiplying the occurrence with the severity gives a score with 25 being the highest risk score. The higher the risk score, the more important it is to do something to reduce that risk. Listed are 3 mitigations that could be put in place to reduce the likelihood or impact of the incident happening and then make a few notes for what/why/how to implement some or all of those mitigation strategies. Most of the mitigations were easy, inexpensive, and only required a little time and foresight to put into effect. Many of those will be effective in preventing the incident in the first place. Not everything can be prevented, so some of the mitigations are reactionary, but having a plan and tools to address specific issues is a good start if the issue can't be fully mitigated.

June 12, 2024
Environmental StewardshipBermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC)File Uploadwww.gov.bm

Cooks and e-stewards for the 2024 thrash, please note that RBYC advises there is no large-scale collection and composting of biodegradable food waste on Bermuda, and owing to space constraints at the Club, there will be no separate collection of food waste for composting. All spoiled food is mixed with regular, non-recyclable garbage including paper, cardboard, and plastics. These items are collected and brought to the Tynes Bay Waste-to-Energy facility where they are converted into electricity.

Glass, tin and aluminum ARE recycled, and you will find bins at RBYC for these recyclables. See Link for more information about garbage and recycling on Bermuda. Look for separate post regarding guidance for proper trash and food waste handling at sea.

June 5, 2024
Anne DiMontiAudubon Society of Rhode Island/See a Spout: Watch Out/Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and WhalesWhale-Interaction-Resources-for-2024-Newport-Bermuda-Race.pdfvimeo.com

Did you know that collisions with boats is one of the leading causes of whale mortality? In addition, these collisions can cost thousands of dollars in damages to vessels and injure crew.

The Newport Bermuda Race course transits the spring migratory path of many species of whales, such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale. These animals travel from their winter calving grounds in the south along the East Coast of the US to their northern summer feeding grounds in New England and Canada. Whales can be extremely difficult to see from the deck of a vessel. The video and resources information provided will assist you and your crew in safely transiting Race areas where whales may be present.

May 31, 2024
Pete CarricoLiberatorDEOILIT-SDS.pdfterramarine.net

We all are stewards of the sea and want to do our part to ensure we do no harm and do the right thing.
I've raced and cruised through Bermuda many times.
Reducing and eliminating plastics is a goal we all share, and I'm certain we all want to ensure we do not put any fuel or oil in the sea.
Discharging oil & fuel from a bilge is not just for older boats with leaky engines, as only one fuel filter or oil change job gone bad or a leaking fuel tank or fuel hose on a new or clean boat is enough to make any boat have a perpetual issue with discharging a sheen of oil on the water every time the bilge pump operates.
The common solution is using oil-zorbs that soak up hydrocarbons which are essential for any vessel, but I have another solution using the completely non-toxic product called De-Oil-It (DOI).
DOI is on the EPA National Contingency List as a surface washing agent, but instead of washing the oil away, it disassembles hydrocarbons with the colloidal micelle process rendering the once hydrocarbons into their basic elements of H20 & CO2, hydrogen & carbon particles. Anything left is easily consumed by natural biodegradation but is rendered non-toxic after application of the DOI. Odor and flammability are also immediately resolved.
Once treated, a previously oily bilge can be discharged into the water without risking any sheen or EPA fine.
Go to YouTube and search for this video

April 22, 2024
David BiceRaven/ Rappahannock River Yacht Club

Fuel - We typically burn one tank (37 gallons) or less per year as we do not have a generator and at cruising speed, we use approximately .7 GPH...which is around 50 hours run time. In the Bermuda Race, we may use as much as 10 gallons total between start/finish and occasionally charging batteries, which are lithium (quick charging, high capacity). We typically use what is available locally...ValvTect Premium Diesel, which contains Bio Guard biocide.

Plastic - We do not use plastic anything; everyone has their own water bottle, and we have 100 gallons of freshwater capacity PLUS a water maker that can produce 37 GPH. Water bottles are re-filled in the galley, which has filtered fresh water. We can use sea water for washing dishes. All kitchen utensils, cutlery, dishes (melamine), etc. are washable and re-usable; nothing disposable.

Waste - Onboard trash goes into a designated bin, clearly marked in the galley area and gets properly disposed upon reaching land; basically, nothing goes overboard that is not biodegradable. Tissue paper is marine specific, bio-degradable, as well.

Sails - As Raven is relatively new (to the owner and crew), we do not have any excess sails; thus, cannot claim to have recycled any...but may at some point, as we wear out the carbon sails. (Incidentally, that is why we will use cruising sails for delivery...they say every time a carbon sail luffs, it costs about $100...PER FLAP

January 8, 2024
David BiceRaven/ Rappahannock River Yacht Club

The captain and crew of Raven are committed to winning and to the sustainability initiative. Two of Raven's initiatives have been the captain's installation of a water purification system, in order to avoid the use of disposable plastic, as well as the use of washable, reuseable dinnerware. Further, all meals are being prepped ahead of time or otherwise will be the result of fresh produce in an effort to keep the crew well nourished and to minimize the amount of trash resulting from packaging. As the crew's e-steward, it is wonderful to work with a group of individuals, who have already demonstrated a healthy commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness.

January 5, 2024
Chan ReisNBR Green TeamFile Uploadvimeo.com

Guidance for trash & recycling at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for arriving 2022 Newport Bermuda Race sailors. This 2-minute video was excerpted from the captain's meeting in Newport, June 16, 2022. Presenter is Commodore Craig Davis, RBYC. Please pay special attention to his guidance on reusable drink cups.

June 18, 2022
Monica PepeWhale and Dolphin Conservationvimeo.com

Pre-race briefing for 2022 Newport Bermuda Race sailors on the subject of whale sightings and marine mammal interaction while at sea. NBR sailors are encouraged to log sightings and marine mammal strikes. https://us.whales.org/

June 18, 2022
Chan ReisNBR Green TeamMarine-Mammals-Short-brief-NBR22.pdf

For NBR sailors and delivery crews:

11 Hour Racing team (MALAMA) has provided this very helpful Newport Bermuda Race briefing on MARINE MAMMAL risks including:

* Key take outs
* Best practices overview
* Marine Mammal ID Chart
* Data Collection guidance (both for live observations and reporting)
* North Atlantic Right Whale brief & guidance
* Reference/resource page

This is a must-see brief for NBR e-stewards. Consider making this part of a pre-race crew briefing.

Note: Amory Ross is Malama's NBR e-steward.

June 15, 2022
Chan ReisNBR Green Teamyoutu.be

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See the attached link to 11 Hour Racing's YouTube video entitled "Best Practices for Sailors at Sea: Avoiding Marine Mammal Strikes".

June 13, 2022
Chan ReisNBR Green TeamFile Upload11thhourracingteam.org

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Attention Newport Bermuda Race skippers and e-stewards: This article by 11th Hour Racing Team provides important background information on protecting marine mammals while ocean racing. Please review this information in advance of departing Newport and see the YouTube video linked entitled "Best Practices for Sailors at Sea: Avoiding Marine Mammal Strikes" on P 2 of this post.

June 13, 2022
Damian Foxall11th Hour Racing

Hi to the Greenteam & Race organisers

We would like to know:
1. What information you are planning to promote the importance of wildlife, species at risk, and sensitive habitat on the race course?
2. What protocol have you defined for racers that observe marine mammals, and how this can be tracked and shared with both other racers and the science community ashore?
3. What information will you provide to the racers to mitigate marine mammal collisions?
4. What protocol have you defined for report marine mammal incidents - both to other vessels - and to relevant marine mammal collision database?

Please let me know if you need any support with this important topic?
Thank you

[email protected]
Sustainability program manager
11th Hour Racing team

June 12, 2022
Cortney KingsleySalaciaSalacia-ESteward-1.pdf

Open the document for links and ideas!

June 11, 2022
Spencer MeyerAbigailimpactful.ninja

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This link provides some of the best options for purchasing flight and travel carbon offsets.

June 10, 2022
Spencer MeyerAbigailFile Uploadpatch.io

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Here are a few last minute food prep tips: cooking communal meals ahead of time and freezing them in reusable containers to keep our other perishable food cold (we don't have refrigeration on board). Repackaging other food at home where it is easier to properly recycle packaging

We are racing with (6) and are thinking about our shoreside impacts, especially travel to and from the race. Age-old ideas like car-pooling are cool again! We're renting a van so our crew (6) can dramatically reduce our transportation carbon emissions. For those flying home (like myself), purchasing a carbon offset is an option. The link attached gives a great overview of carbon offsets - what they are and why they are good.

The Green Team editor adds that there is something noble about Abigail, Jesse Terry's beloved 1956 Alden ketch (pic attached), storing carbon in the ribs, hull, deck and spars.

June 10, 2022
Chan ReisNBR Green TeamDebris-Tracker-Guide.pdfdebristracker.org

Please see file attached showing simple instructions for using the Marine Debris Tracker. These were supplied by Kathryn Youngblood, Research Engineer & Citizen Science Director, Debris Tracker at the University of Georgia.

June 9, 2022
Brett BidstrupNBR Green TeamFile Uploadseabags.com

Give new life to an old sail and recycle it. Through the SEA BAGS Sail Trade Program, they make the process of donating a sail easy. And for every usable sail, they offer customers a Sea Bags product in trade.

June 8, 2022
Drew PlominskiArtemisiaArtemisia-Environmental-risk-analysis.pdf

We did a risk review and analysis of potential environmental hazards based on our previous race experience, scored the risks based on severity and likelihood to occur, and then came up with some mitigation strategies which will be employed during our race or have been executed during race prep. This is pretty basic in my opinion, but could be a good framework for future efforts. This style of risk analysis and mitigation (see attached PDF) is based on an ISO standard framework I use in my professional duties for design and safety risk reviews.

June 8, 2022
Leif HeimboldMomentumFile Uploadcentekmarine.com

This is a general FYI about a bilge filter that can filter out hydrocarbons including oil, gas and diesel fuel from bilge water. The manufacturer, Centek Industries, says this is done without increasing the pressure on the bilge pump. The filter is sold at West Marine and other marine hardware stores. I have used this product on my own boat.

June 6, 2022
Christopher AndrewsHakuna MatataFile Uploadsolbian.eu

Chris showed the Green Team a flexible solar panel manufactured by Solbian Marine mounted on the forward cabin trunk which provides auxiliary power to the battery system minimizing the need to run the engine to charge batteries. If it were not for refrigeration, he says this panel would power everything on the boat (Hakuna Matata is a Cal 39.) Just aft are two round solar powered vents (in lieu of cowl vents). They power fans for circulating air inside the cabin. They are lower profile and don't tend to bring on as much water.

June 5, 2022
Luke BabcockACEwattandsea.com

We've deployed a Watt-and-Sea hydrogenator to keep vessel batteries topped up. Can mount on port or starboard side transom mounts, tilts up (like a dinghy outboard), and tethers to the lifelines (so it won't fall in while moving!). The drag at moderate speed aren't material, and whatever we lose we will gain by carrying less fuel. We've tested thoroughly and are confident it can keep up with all of our shipboard energy needs.

June 2, 2022
David JohnsonSafirSafir-Green-Boating-Plan-NBR-2022.pdf

Green Boating Plan for Safir NBR 2022 including tips and action plans

June 2, 2022
Gretchen BiemesderferShearwatergrove.com

Grove Collaborative is a great organization that brings together variously sustainably produced products for purchase. These include cleaning products, sustainable solutions for kitchen storage, personal care, products, among others. Grove plans to be plastic-free by 2025.

May 31, 2022
John WebberEcoWatchecowatch.com

As I’m sure you’re aware, everyone needs to be wearing sunscreen. We all know it’s critical to protect us from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause sunburns, skin cancer and other types of skin damage. But if the chemicals in certain sunscreens are hurting marine ecosystems, the question also begs to be asked: How safe is this sunscreen for humans?

That’s why my team at EcoWatch created this guide: Your Sunscreen Is Toxic: How to Buy Sunscreen That’s Safe for You & the Environment

May 24, 2022
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