HELMEPA and HORC are charting the environmental map of offshore sailing races, based on AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race.
HELMEPA is known for its huge contribution to protecting the marine environment, while for years, HELMEPA has been cooperating with HORC and together they have completed a series of environmental actions. In 2020 and 2021, HELMEPA is taking one step even further by supporting the new offshore race, AEGEAN 600, which has been created by HORC, as it firmly believes that this new idea will promote Greece throughout the world and through it will serve its statutory purpose which is based on pollution prevention, Safety at Sea and environmental awareness.
Thus, HELMEPA and HORC will once again join forces to create and push forward significant environmental actions as well as seminars targeted to the participants, volunteers and employees involved in organizing the race, to teach them the actions they need to take in the future to protect the environment.
The race across the Aegean Sea will now take place from July 4 to July 10, without any stops. The turning points will be islands such as Milos, Santorini, Kasos, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Patmos, Mykonos, Yaros and Kea and the race will begin and end at Cape Sounion.
The actions that have been planned are based around the organization’s point of reference, which is Olympic Marine in Lavrion, an Associate Member of HELMEPA.” The yachts, crews and support teams will be lodged around the greater Lavrion area and the purpose of the actions, in addition to the specific activities, is to provide seminars that will impart knowledge to the attendees in a manner that is designed to provide them with the faith and knowledge to continue to protect the environment in the future.
A. Incentives for the participants
- Drink water from metal flasks that you can fill from the water coolers available at the marina.
- The canteen within the event area sell coffee and soft drinks in special biodegradable cups, with straws that are also biodegradable.
- Do not waste water.
- Recycle whatever you have on hand or on the boat that can be recycled, such as aluminum soft drink cans, plastic water bottles, plastic packaging, paper packaging, glass bottles, suntan lotion bottles, etc.
- Only use the special recycling bins at the organization area for waste, after you have separated it appropriately (plastic, paper, glass, undifferentiated waste).
- The organizers can help you collect your recyclable waste.
- Car pool to and from Athens.
- During the race, you can use the special 7 or 10 liter sacks for water transport, which the organizers provide instead of plastic bottles.
- Return any food containers provided by our official supporter “Palirria” for recycling.
- For your trash, use the biodegradable bags provided by the organizers instead of plain garbage bags.
- The organizers aim to use the least paper possible, so almost all announcements and instructions will be distributed electronically.
- Use the restrooms at the installation rather than the ones on your boats.
- Empty the holding tanks or whatever dirty water you have into the special tanks provided by the marina.
- NEVER THROW ANYTHING FROM YOUR BOAT INTO THE SEA!!!
- For users of safety ribs and television crews, to ensure that they drive so that their engines use the least amount of fuel possible.
- There will be a seminar open to all organization volunteers and employees on how to correctly recycle any recyclable materials and avoid using plastic materials inside the event venue.
- There will be a seminar for volunteers who will be in charge of informing participants about the environmental protection measures designed by the organizers.
- Signs will be put up for visitors, with information about the environmental actions required for the organization.
C. Mandatory actions for organization volunteers and employees
- Do not use disposable straws.
- Do not use disposable cups.
- Do not use anything made of plastic, such as envelopes, plastic wrap, food containers, etc.
- Do not use plastic name cards. Use paper ones instead.
- Do not use plastic water bottles.
- Drink water ONLY from special biodegradable cups or the metal flasks that are filled from the water coolers.
- Do not make needless trips from Athens to Sounion and back.
- Use the organization’s transport vehicles.
- DO NOT move needlessly to and from the venue.
- The press office does not use paper, whether for notes or press releases. Everything is distributed electronically and can be found on the organizers’ website (applications for participation, crew lists, sailing guidelines, etc.).
- The Race Committee does not use paper and only soft copies of the required event “documentation” will be available.
- All dining materials, such as glasses, bowls, forks and waste bags will be made of paper or be biodegradable.
- Television and photographic crews will be required to follow the guidelines regarding non-use of plastic when visiting other islands for race monitoring purposes.
- During race starts and finishes, or while observing the boats for television or photography purposes, support teams at sea must have aluminum flasks for water, not plastic bottles.
- The organizers will place water coolers in specific locations so that the volunteers, employees and crews can fill their flasks.
- Electric cars and scooters will be available at the installation for committee members and volunteers to use.
- Efforts will be made to use biodegradable or recyclable materials, at least for food and drinks, at the opening, closing and other events and field trips.
- Special biodegradable bags will be provided by the organizers for trash disposal.
HORC Sail Reuse
This year Hellenic Offshore Racing Club is partnering with Salty Bag the premier sail reuse company that make sure any sails that have reached their end of life can be sustainably reused.
Salty Bag is a sail reuse company based in Corfu, Greece that since its inception in 2013 has sustainably reused over twenty-thousand square meters of sails turning them into bags and travel goods.
If you have any sails that you wish to be reused, you can contact Salty Bag through their Sail Upcycling page here