The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the One Ocean Foundation report on their second Clean Beach Day. Children from the YCCS Sailing School together with other local participants gathered at the Spiaggia del Giglio in Porto Cervo where YCCS Secretary General, Jan Pachner, spoke about the importance of preserving the marine environment.
Last year YCCS recorded the highest average temperatures since they began monitoring this data. As well as rising sea levels, this impacts the health of the world's oceans with a knock-on effect to the blue economy, valued at 3 trillion USD and equal to 4%-5% of the GNP of the entire planet.
At the end of the beach clean, armed with the rubbish they had collected, children had the opportunity to visit the Asian startup MINIWIZ to learn how their mobile recycling lab transforms plastic waste into new objects.
Jan Pachner, Secretary General of the YCCS and the MINIWIZ CEO Arthur Huang with the youths from the YCCS Sailing School during the beach cleaning. Photo credit: YCCS/Marcello Chiodino
Riccardo Bonadeo, the YCCS Commodore said, "We always try to organize activities that have meaning both on a local and an international level, but most of all we look to make a difference in the area that surrounds us. To see the kids enrolled in our Sailing School at work today was very important because, on top representing future generations, we are looking to them as sailors and people who have a special connection to the sea through their love of sport."
Arthur Huang, MINIWIZ CEO explains to the Sailing School kids how the MINIWIZ recycling lab works at the pop-up store at Promenade du Port. Photo Credit: YCCS/Marcello Chiodino
"Today's activity was very educational for our Sailing School's youths because on top of teaching them about environmental sustainability, they were stimulated to think about new opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation. I want to thank everyone who participated today and everyone who has supported our initiative: you all are actively contributing to respecting our oceans."
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by current president H.H. the Aga Khan and a group of founder-members as a non-profit sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts. The YCCS organizes international sailing events such as the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Audi Sardinia Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup as well as World and European championships for top one-design fleets.
In recent years YCCS has promoted the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, the Dubois Cup and the Perini Navi Cup. The Club also promoted Azzurra - the first Italian challenger for the America's Cup in 1983, relaunched by YCCS in 2009 with a victory in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice, as well as the motor yacht Destriero which still holds the transatlantic crossing record set in 1992.