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Sustainability and the RS Aero

Sustainability and the RS Aero

A message from the UK Class Chairman, Nigel Rolfe

Sustainability and the RS Aero

RS Aero UK Class embarks on a Sustainable Class initiative with The Green Blue
The RS Aero UK Class has identified an opportunity for us to become the first ever “Sustainable” fleet in the UK working in partnership with The Green Blue and in doing so minimise the impact of its activities on the environment.
Who are The Green Blue?
The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine. It helps boat users, boating businesses, clubs, training centres and associations to reduce their environmental impact on coastal and inland waters to keep them in great shape for now and the future.
What does this mean?
It means the RS Aero UK Class Association is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. This includes areas such as recycling of products at events, using reusable water bottles and encouraging lift share. We are also keen to help the clubs we visit improve their environmental footprint by identifying opportunities for The Green Blue to get involved.
One of the more publicised areas over the years is to do with the prevention of the spread of invasive species including the “Killer Shrimp”. Members will be encouraged to follow ‘Check Clean Dry’ guidance.
What are the next steps?
We are officially launching this initiative with a press conference at this years Dinghy Show on Saturday 4th March 2017. This will be taking place in the afternoon on the RS stand.
On Saturday 1st April we will be hosting the first annual RS Aero Sustainability Trophy which has been kindly donated by The Green Blue. This year’s event is being hosted by Burghfield Sailing Club near Reading which has also been working in partnership with The Green Blue. It would be great to have a good turn out for this event.
How can you help?
We would really like to have a Sustainability Representative(s) in place. The role should not be onerous and is someone who can help us keep on track with our sustainability initiatives during 2017. In addition, the person or persons (as it could be shared) would help The Green Blue identify clubs that can improve their environmental footprint by completing a simple feedback sheet.
Ideally this needs to be someone who has a passion for the environment. This could be an individual, someone at University where this could complement their studies or a Youth (with or without parental support) keen on the environment and environmental issues. There is also the potential opportunity of a placement with The Green Blue. If you are interested can you please drop me an email – n19rol@gmail.com.
Finally, we would ask all members to please read the RS Aero UK Class Association Sustainability Charter and to support us with the initiatives in 2017 that make us the first UK Sustainable Fleet for the common good.

If you have any questions please email me (n19rol@gmail.com) or have a chat at one of this year’s events.

Thank you.
Nigel Rolfe, UK Chair 

In other News…
- The Blithfield Barrel on Sunday 12th Feb in the Midlands is Round 6 of the RS Aero UK Winter Series.
Two PY races, split starts will put us with similar boats.
Ben Rolfe is bringing up charter boats at just £30 for the day, 2 remaining – so bring a friend! Find more information here

- The Oxford Blue on Saturday 18th Feb is the RS Aero UK Winter Champs. A record breaking 31 RS Aeros are already signed up!
Come and join the big day out with 3 races and great class racing within the main event.
1 charter boat is still available – bring a friend! Find more information here

The Sunday 19th at Oxford is our monthly Winter Training meet – make a weekend of it. Find more information here

- Congratulations to Ben Rolfe who has been voted in by the committee as UK Youth Coordinator. Ben is a keen RS Aero sailor and currently on a year’s placement from Uni at RS. His role includes assisting the RS Aero class and creating the incredible charter boat opportunities that we now see at our events and training. Ben is very excited to be delivering our first RS Aero UK Youth Champs this August and is already working hard on next winter’s National Winter Training programme.
Many thanks to our outgoing coordinator, Peter Atkin, for his fantastic efforts as Youth Coordinator building the programme over the past 18 months.

Happy sailing and stay warm!

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