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RYA wins World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

Published on: 07 November 2019


The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has been crowned winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award at the World Sailing Awards in Bermuda.

The award celebrates the effective execution and ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.

Supported by The Green Blue, a joint environmental programme with British Marine, the RYA has been delivering cutting-edge sustainability advice to the recreational boating sector since 2005.

The RYA was chosen as the overall winner for its significantly increased commitment to achieving the sustainability objectives laid out in World Sailing’s Agenda. Key actions in 2019 include:

  • Increased joint funding for The Green Blue, in order to reach more of the recreational boating sector and the marine leisure industry with awareness-raising campaigns and best practice guidance
  • The signing of a new Environmental Policy and initiating the development of a cross-cutting Sustainability Strategy for the organisation
  • A commitment to achieving ISO14001 certification over the next 12 months
  • Recruiting new staff to strengthen the sustainability team and meet the new commitments
  • Signing up to the UN Global Compact, supporting the delivery of the UN Global Goals, a broad set of objectives covering environmental, social and economic issues

The RYA will receive a prize fund of $10,000 as well as an iconic perpetual trophy made from recycled carbon fibre (from an America's Cup boat) and bioresin.

Phil Horton, the RYA’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, explained how the prize money will be spent: “This additional funding will be used to support The Green Blue’s development of a national volunteer team, which will be fully trained to deliver the environmental programme’s outreach work through educational activities, talks, instructor training and events.”