Published on: 20 May 2021
Boat hire and yacht charter platform, Borrow A Boat, has joined forces with the World Sailing Trust to launch a Sustainable Boating Guide for Charterers. The Sustainable Boating Guide is the first of its kind and features advice on pollutants (both liquid and solid), physical damage caused by anchoring, the impact on wildlife, and carbon emissions.
The guide will be distributed worldwide to all 146 Member National Authorities of World Sailing, as well as to Borrow A Boat customers who charter any of the 35,000 boats available via the platform.
CEO & founder of Borrow A Boat, Matt Ovenden, said: “We all love spending time on the water and being close to the sea, but for so long we’ve done so without thinking about how we are treating the sea and the marine life within it.”
“With new awareness and research into ocean plastics increasingly informing us of how our behaviours can impact the ocean, there is no better time to highlight the simple ways we can all do our bit, to ensure we aren’t causing harm to our oceans and marine life, while still enjoying boating.”
Chair of the World Sailing Trust and world record-breaking British sailor Dee Caffari MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order) added: “There is simply nothing quite like getting out on the water and enjoying the vastness of the oceans.”
“The huge expanse of water available to us can make it difficult to understand how small changes can benefit the overall health of the oceans, however, this guide provides helpful and informative advice we can all use."
“As mariners, our job is to safeguard the sea and the advice featured in the Sustainable Boating Guide will help charterers understand the importance of sustainable boating as well as the small, positive changes we can all make to preserve this environment for future generations.”
From simple tips on eliminating single-use plastic onboard and the optimum time to apply sunscreen before entering the water to guidance on preventing blowback - one of the most common ways in which boats can pollute the environment - the Sustainable Boating Guide provides charterers, of all experience levels, with the knowledge they need to enjoy a more sustainable boating experience.
To download the Sustainable Boating Guide click here, or download the PDF directly.
For more information head to the Borrow A Boat and World Sailing Trust websites.