Those of us who take our pleasure from the seas and oceans must surely play our part in safeguarding that environment in every reasonable way we can. Too many places are spoiled by the garbage discarded by careless humans.
Until now the OCC has not taken a position on this issue but your Committee has recently decided that the Club should formally support the various initiatives which others have already undertaken in this field. In particular we commend the guidance offered by the International Sailing Federation (see http://www.sailing.org/environment/environment-code.php), the Green Blue programme sponsored by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association (see http://www.thegreenblue.org.uk/PDF/Current%20CoC%20Coastal%20May%2009.pdf ) and the work of the Cruising Club of America’s Environment of the Sea Committee (see http://www.cruisingclub.org/seamanship/seamanship_environment.htm).
Commodore-elect John Franklin adds: “The common theme which binds us all together within the OCC is “ocean cruising” and we all appreciate cruising in a clean, unpolluted, environment populated by thriving sealife and wildlife. I want to encourage our members to abide by all appropriate international, national and regional guidance and regulations concerning pollution of the ocean and damage to the environment so that we may all continue to enjoy ocean cruising in a sustainably clean environment.”