We partner with other non-profit organisations and key businesses to help raise awareness of key environmental issues
and the good practice that the recreational boating sector can adopt.
The British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA) is the governing body for university sailing in the U.K. It is affiliated to, and supported by, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and is recognised by, and works with, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) to deliver BUCS sailing championships. BUSA supports The Green Blue’s annual University Sailing Sustainability Challenge, that sees University Sailing Clubs undertaking actions to make their club and sailing venues more environmentally sustainable to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
The Royal Yachting Association has partnered with Natural England along with the Marine Conservation Society, Ocean Conservation Trust, Plymouth City Council and the Tamar Estuaries Consultant Forum, as part of a four year EU LIFE funded project known as the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES Project. ReMEDIES stands for Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts affEcting the Seabed.
As part of this project The Green Blue, as the environmental awareness programme for the Royal Yachting association, is helping to raise awareness of the importance of seagrass and maerl habitats, and actively encourage the UK boating community to moor and anchor with care to help minimise any impacts these activities can have on protected habitats.
We have partnered with Sea-Changers, a UK marine conservation charity managed by a small team of volunteers. They have a number of grants programmes including their main grants programme and the Coastal Fountain Fund. This year they will be launching a new stream called the Innovation Fund. The main grants programme provides grants of up to £1200 for marine conservation projects within the UK. There are two funding rounds each year and deadlines for applications are 31st March and 30th September.
The Coastal Fountain Fund enables coastal communities to purchase water drinking fountains and install them for use by the public in busy or environmentally important areas. Grants of up to £2,000 are available, per applicant, towards the cost of a fountain. The current grant round closed on March 15th 2021.
Secrets of the Solent (SotS) is a four-year Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust project celebrating the amazing people and wildlife that share our waters. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, SotS is bringing our underwater world to life on land and working to secure its future. The Project encourages us to explore our marine environment through art, seafood, citizen science, volunteering opportunities, and more. The Green Blue works closely with this project, training it’s Marine Champion volunteers in sustainable boating best practice to help deliver outreach work at sailing clubs across the Solent.
RS Aero UK Class Association was the first class association to develop a sustainability charter in partnership with The Green Blue. As part of this charter the class is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. This includes areas such as recycling of products, minimising the use of single use plastics, encouraging lift sharing and ensuring event participants undertake the Check Clean Dry approach to removing harmful invasive species from their boats and equipment. The class is also keen to help the clubs they visit to reduce their environmental footprint by identifying opportunities for The Green Blue to support them in becoming more sustainable.
Sunsail, a subsidiary of Travelopia, is the largest yacht charter holiday company in the World, operating nearly 800 yachts across more than 20 destinations. In 2009, Sunsail won the prestigious Practical Boat Owner Green Award for Service, recognising Sunsail’s commitment to sustainability, particularly for the development of its base in the British Virgin Islands. The Green Blue and Sunsail have been working together since 2008 to support sustainable boating in the UK. The relationship is a valuable opportunity to promote environmental best practice to Sunsail’s customers, skippers and staff and for The Green Blue to support Sunsail’s commitment to improving the environmental performance of its Port Solent based operation in the UK.