Foynes Yacht Club is dedicated to following the guidance and directions from both the World Sailing and Irish Sailing Associations in helping to promote sustainability in sailing and water based activities undertaken in the clubhouse and facilities. The Club Committee have, as part of its 2020 work programme, agreed to take steps to help support and encourage all of the club’s members, boat owners and visitors’ to our clubhouse and facilities, to be conscious of the actions that can be taken to reduce the impact on the environment. The Committee hopes to adopt and implement best practice guidelines, to promote educational programmes in the area of long term sustainability and have appointed a Sustainability Officer to liaise with the ISA going forward.

The Committee is conscious that efforts must be made, to support and encourage the actions outlined in the World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030.

The Irish Sailing Association is working to help Irish Sailors identify a number of actions that will help clubs to manage future sailing events, make improvements to club facilities and undertake a sustainability purchasing policy, which aims to reduce the impacts on the environment. A link to the environment section of the website can be accessed here:

The ISA has some excellent tips on social media to help sailors to get ready for the season ahead and minimise their carbon footprint. These tips can be accessed here GET READY TO BE GREEN.

The Sailing Academy will include awareness training about the harmful effects rubbish has on the wildlife and water, and help our young sailors to understand their responsibility to protect our waters and coastline.
In the meantime the Committee asks that members and visitors consider the following:-

  • Leave no waste policy – please bring your waste home
  • Reducing single use plastics having a personal bottle / reusable food containers / cutlery
  • Use drinking water taps to refill water containers
  • Within the clubhouse Waste Bins are clearly labelled – please use the bins for the purpose for which they are provided. Separate the items into the correct containers
  • No rubbish is to be left in the clubhouse, the boat park/compound or grounds of the yacht club, as this waste may end up in the water

The Story of One Plastic Bottle

“Pick me!” I hoped from shelf in shop, and happily he did!
He drank me at the bus stop, then left me with my lid.
At Punches Cross I sadly lay, empty and not pretty,
Until a sudden gust arrived and blew me towards the city.
Down O’Connell Street I rolled and bounced, from wind that made you shiver.
‘Til it picked me up at Mallow Street and sent me towards the River.
“Pick me up, pick me up” I hoped, but sadly no one did,
and suddenly the wind had blown me off the Shannon Bridge.
Onward I floated with the current, passing Foynes and Glin,
And sadly fellow bottles joined me next to dolphin fin.
The broad Atlantic lay ahead, I wondered where I’d land,
Until a wave washed me ashore on Ballybunion Strand.

From city street to ocean, it really is that simple.
So please remember, do not drop, dispose of or recycle!

By Maura O Neill
Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns

Link to Dance for the Oceans


Please help prevent waste. Use a reusable bottle/cup/mask.
Avoid single use items wherever possible.

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