Caribbean regattas and sailing events are trying to become more environmentally friendly.
In 2009, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and Antigua Sailing Week became three of over 40 events worldwide to partake in the Clean Regattas program. Clean Regattas is a voluntary certification system that Sailors for the Sea (SFS), a Newport, RI-based nonprofit organization dedicated to marine conservation, designed in order to help regattas, yacht clubs and sailing programs reduce the impact on the environment and take steps to protect and restore the oceans.
One very beneficial effect of these initial efforts is proving itself – emulation. In addition to the St. Maarten, BVI and Antigua regattas, the BVI Charter Yacht Show was also a Clean Regatta in 2009, and in 2010 the BVI Kite Jam and Les Voiles de St. Barth 2010 have also come onboard the Clean Regattas program.