U.S. Audi Melges 20 Class seeks to earn 'Gold' Clean Regatta Status

2 March 2011

Miami, Fla. - (2011 March 2) - In an effort to reduce waste at regattas and preserve our lakes and oceans, the U.S. Audi Melges 20 Class will be teaming up with Melges Performance Sailboats, Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Eco Sports Bottles to earn 'Gold Level, Clean Regatta' status with Sailors for the Sea.

To complete the task of cleaning up regattas, and earn Gold status, the Audi Melges 20 Class must complete 15 or more of the items listed on the best practices list provided by Sailors for the Sea. While a few of these are very simple to achieve, some are more complex, like ridding regattas of trash and eliminating the biggest culprit of ocean destruction, plastic water bottles.

In a typical 25 boat, 3-day event, over 600 plastic water bottles will be disposed of at the end of the regatta, and if lucky, they will all find their way to the recycling bin. Unfortunately, most end up in our landfills, and even worse, floating in our oceans.

Melges Performance Sailboats has teamed up with Eco Sports Bottles to provide each Audi Melges 20 competitor at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week with a 30 oz, reusable aluminum water bottle to be used throughout the event, and at future events. By competitors making the extra effort to fill up these bottles at the beginning and throughout the day, this will reduce a massive amount of plastic at the end of an event.

Eliminating plastic from regattas is just one of the steps to becoming a 'Gold Level, Clean Regatta', and with hard work from the competitors in the Audi Melges 20 Class and Coconut Grove Yacht Club, cleaning up regattas will be attainable. Audi Melges 20 competitors are encouraged to review the "Best Practices" list found on the Sailors for the Sea website to learn how they can help.

Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters. Check out Clean Regattas Best Practices list.

Eco Sports Bottles are environmentally friendly sports water/hydration bottles made from lightweight, high grade aluminum or stainless steel. Our stainless steel water bottles are the only completely FDA approved, stainless steel eco-friendly water bottles on the market. Not only will Eco Sports Bottles provide a discount to Audi Melges 20 sailors on future purchases, a portion will also go back to the benefit of the Audi Melges 20 Class.