Ocean Cruising Club Supports the New Coastal Clean-Up Initiative

Coastal Clean-Up, with the help of the sailing community, wants to encourage changes to waste disposal worldwide. Find out how you can be involved.

Published 5 years ago

Devon, UK, 19 November 2018

OCC Member Steve Brown, s/y Novara, has organized an effort to help sailors collect, recycle and report plastics removed from oceans and coasts where they cruise. “We believe the Earth’s Oceans should be clean and safe for all life. We are committed to preventing the damage done by plastic and other waste by cleaning up coastlines and encouraging changes to waste disposal worldwide. We know that it can be done and we are certain that it is the right thing to do,” said Steve when asking for the support of the OCC.

Daria Blackwell, Rear Commodore responded, “As ocean cruisers, there are few people on the planet more keenly aware of the state of our oceans and the urgent need to clean them up in order to protect the earth’s wildlife and secure our own futures. We’ve seen plastic polluting the waters wherever on earth we have sailed. On behalf of our members, Ocean Cruising Club supports the efforts of the Coastal Clean-Up Campaign and urges all members and friends to get involved. After all, clean oceans start with us.”

The website is now live and includes a form for cruisers to log what they collect and where they collect it, this is added to a database that can be used in the future to analyze what we find. https://www.coastalcleanup.net/

They are asking for no government funding, no sponsorship nor even donations. They are hoping to enlist the help of the rally organizers and cruising associations around the world in support of the initiative and each year will see the relaunch to the next wave of cruising sailors. The website is now live and the initiative is being spearheaded by the boats taking part in the OCC Suzie Too Rally sailing in the Western Caribbean. Suzanne Chappell the organizer of the 2nd OCC Suzie Too Rally from Curacao to Panama has confirmed the participation of the 60 yachts and their crews in the Coastal Clean-up initiative.

This is something that can be achieved but needs the involvement of cruising sailors the world over. If you would like more information or to sign up to help then please contact Steve at: [email protected].


Find out about the OCC here: www.oceancruisingclub.org

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  1. January 30, 2019 at 1:31 PM
    Noonsite Team says:

    The CA have also now confirmed their support.

    This brings the total of cruising sailors that have been asked to help to over 10,000 members.

    The Cruising Association (CA) is Britain’s leading organization for cruising sailors with over 6,300 members worldwide. Founded in 1908 to meet the needs of cruising sailors, the CA provide services, information, help, and advice to sailors the world over. As such, we are pleased to be supporting the Coastal Clean-up Campaign, a global initiative to clean up the coastlines, backed by CA member Steve Brown’s own efforts to enlist the support of cruising associations worldwide, the organizers of cruising rallies and in due course the local communities. We are actively encouraging our members to get behind this campaign alongside our own initiatives for reducing plastic, and we wish it every success.


  2. December 17, 2018 at 11:19 AM
    Noonsite Team says:

    The CCA has announced their support for the Coastal Clean-up Campaign.

    “As members of the Cruising Club of America (CCA), many of us sail and explore the oceans of the world with a spirit of adventure and a strong sense of stewardship for the oceans we love.

    During our voyages, we become intimately aware of the condition of our oceans and beaches.

    We have seen pollution on the rise and marine animals increasingly at risk, and we want to help.

    For these reasons and for the next generation of ocean stewards, the CCA supports the efforts of the Coastal Clean-Up Campaign and urges all members and friends to get involved at the local level.”

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