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Sail Canada – Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 – Kingston, ON
On Thursday, March 28th, Canadian sailors will gather on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to complete an hour-long beach clean-up.

The Canadian Sailors Clean Water Initiative , developed by Hugh Macrae, has been designed to protect the waters we sail on, by reducing the amount of plastic waste within them.

As mentioned by Sail Canada’s National Performance Coach, Ken Dool “ The environment and specifically the water is every sailor’s responsibility to protect. The
beach cleanup effort in Palma by a contingent of Canadian sailors is doing our part to help preserve the environment. ”

These sailors are taking matters into their own hands to start making a difference, and inspiring people across the world to do the same. Hugh comments;
“ It’s really important that we all have a biosphere conscience. It comes down to being able to enjoy oceans and lakes and ensuring they are maintained. Cleaning up materials that don’t biodegrade is a small task that has an immediate effect while also spreading awareness of maintaining our oceans and lakes .”

The beach clean-up in Palma is only the start, as this initiative will gather Canadian sailors for an hour as they travel to various locations to train and compete, making a positive environmental change one day at a time. “ On the international sailing circuit, we train and compete in some of the most outstanding locations in the world.” Ken comments, “ chipping in and collecting waste from the beaches and the water helps keep these venues vibrant, in the ongoing battle to reduce plastic waste in our waterways. ”

Stay tuned as Canadian sailors take over the beach in Palma on Thursday at 11 am (EST) to collect debris, improving our waters.