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The Atlantic Cup - America's Class40 Race

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Sustainability

THE FIRST SPORTS EVENT IN THE U.S. ISO 20121 COMPLIANT

The Atlantic Cup is committed to being the most environmentally responsible sailing race in the United States. Since 2012, we have been a carbon neutral event and have offset 118 metric tons of CO2. In 2016, the Atlantic Cup was ISO 20121 compliant, making it the first sports event in the U.S. to achieve that status. In addition, the Atlantic Cup was the first regatta globally to be certified Platinum in 2016 by Sailors for the Sea – a certification that was again achieved in 2018. 

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“We are proud to be leading the way in environmental sustainability for sailing events around the world. To achieve carbon neutrality, ISO 20121 compliance and Platinum Level certification while educating both kids and the general public about the role they can play in protecting our oceans and planet is no small feat. This is only achievable through the help of the teams, our staff and our sponsors.” – Hugh Piggin and Julianna Barbieri – Atlantic Cup Co-Founders

Our Vision

2018

The 2018 Atlantic Cup continued the strong efforts Race Organizers put in place over the prior five editions of the race. With the help of Sustainability Sponsor SeaBags Maine, Race Organizers were able to follow the ISO 20121 protocol and comply with the rigorous standards meeting a self-certification.

The Atlantic Cup continued its robust waste management plan which included 305 lbs of compost, 370 lbs of recycling and 144 lbs of trash sent to a landfill giving the overall race an 82% landfill diversion rate. The Atlantic Cup has been single-use plastic water bottle free since its inception in 2011. 

Additionally, the Atlantic Cup offset 28 tons of CO2 through TerraPass. Since 2012, the Atlantic Cup has offset 118 tons of CO2 total. The Atlantic Cup is the only sailing race in the United States to have offset its carbon footprint since 2012. 

Other highlights from the 2018 race include:

  • Overall landfill diversion rate for the entire event at 82%

  • 2,000+ students across three cities received education in ocean health and environmental responsibility

  • The Atlantic Cup was recognized as the only regatta to achieve Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level status in 2018

The 2016 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing was the first sports event in the United States to be ISO 20121 compliant. ISO 20121 is a management system standard that was designed to assist event-oriented organizations improve the sustainability of their activities and productions. The international version of the standard was developed for the London 2012 Olympics and it describes the layout of a management system that can help any event related organization to: reduce its environmental footprint, become more socially responsible, while maintaining the viability of the event.

 

The Atlantic Cup downloaded and followed the ISO 20121 protocol and complied with the rigorous standards meeting a self-certification.

For the first time in its five-year history, the race had a robust waste management plan which included 538 lbs of compost, 394 lbs of recycling and 139 lbs of trash sent to a landfill giving the overall race an 88% landfill diversion rate.

 

The Atlantic Cup has been single-use plastic water bottle free since its inception in 2011. In 2016, the race prevented 8,520 single-use plastic water bottles from being used.

The official carbon offset supplier for the 2016 race, We Are Neutral,  offset 27 metric tons of CO2. Since 2012, the Atlantic Cup has offset 93 tons of CO2 total. The Atlantic Cup is the only sailing race in the United States to have offset its carbon footprint since 2012. We Are Neutral will use The Atlantic Cup’s carbon offsets to plant indigenous trees on local conservation land, and by performing free of charge energy retrofits for low income families.

Other highlights from the 2016 race include:

  • Overall landfill diversion rate for the entire event at 88%

  • 875 students across three cities received education in ocean health and environmental responsibility

  • The Atlantic Cup was recognized as the only regatta to achieve Sailors for the Sea’s Platinum Level status in 2016

2016

History

2014

In 2104, The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing aimed for carbon neutral status and through the help of Nexus our Carbon Offset Sponsor, we did it for the 3rd year in a row! Nexus offset the race’s footprint with carbon credits supporting Hydrologic, The Ceramic Water Purifier Project. Hydrologic locally manufactures ceramic water purifiers (CWP) that provide clean drinking water to rural households resulting in reduced wood fuel consumption while supporting local economic development. 21 Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reduction credits were retired on the Markit Exchange.

2013

Based on calculations the Atlantic Cup in 2013 emitted 30 metric tons of CO2 and 1 mega-watt hour of electricity. In 2013 Sailors for the Sea announced a new Platinum Level Certification, which the Atlantic Cup was the first event to meet all of its requirements.

What can you do?

What is your carbon footprint?

Why are oceans so important?

What makes a carbon neutral race?

 

The Atlantic Cup takes an overarching approach so that all event operations are looked at through the lens of how can we minimize impact.

Some of the areas we track during the race include: electricity, hours of monitor use, hotel night stays, attendee travel, printing of signage, food production, food waste and other waste, shipping, creation of event materials (programs, tickets etc.), office supplies, and water bottles.

Now add in the sailboats and teams’ support and competitor fuel consumption, on board energy production, competitor trash, water (not the water they sail on), cleaning products, and waste.

Below are some of the steps that Race Management takes to mitigate their fossil usage.

  • Terrapass offset the 2018 Atlantic Cup carbon footprint.

  • We Are Neutral offset the 2016 Atlantic Cup carbon footprint.

  • Nexus Carbon for Development  offset the 2014 Atlantic Cup carbon footprint.

  • Green Mountain Energy Company offset the Atlantic Cup’s carbon footprint in 2012 and 2013.

  • Recycling and compost stations are set up in all three marinas and at all hospitality parties. Race Management tracks the distance waste travels to fully understand the complete effect of waste generation.

  • All hospitality parties use glassware or biodegradable plastic to minimize waste entering landfills.

  • We provide onsite water filling stations in each city so that teams and guests can fill their canteens.

  • No plastic water bottles are sold or available to guests or teams.

  • 100% post-consumer recycled paper is used in the Manuka Sports Event Management offices and is also used for all event packets, tickets and handouts.

How do teams minimize impact?

Not everyone realizes that to race offshore, teams need electronics and those electronics don’t power themselves. The Class40, the boat used in the Atlantic Cup, is designed to race offshore and has a good deal of electronic systems on board: standard navigational displays, routing computers, water ballast and an autopilot to name a few. Additionally, race management’s operations require electricity and fossil fuel to bring the Atlantic Cup to you.

The Class 40 teams competing in the Atlantic Cup must agree to:

  • have an alternative fuel source

  • commit to not using single-use plastic water bottles

  • utilize environmentally friendly boat cleaning products