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Marine Stewardship

Through good practice, Carbery Sailing strives to raise the level of awareness of the marine environment in Ireland and the effects the sea has on our environment.

Right now over 70 percent of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. ...Most of humanity wants to know how to make the change. It's one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast...,

Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
The Cultural Creatives


  • Local produce is used as much as possible
  • Emissions are cut where possible - (a water-lubricated stern gland is installed)
  • The hull is kept clean and the engine running efficiently to minimise fuel consumption
  • We allow time to make use of wind power rather than other energy sources

Resource Management:

  • The amount of waste on board is minimised (excessive packaging removed)
  • We re-use whenever feasible – (plastic drinks bottles re-filled for example)
  • As much as possible is recycled
  • Waste is never thrown over the side!
  • Smokers are encouraged to keep a butt tin in pocket for cigarette ends

Sewage Management:

  • Use of toilets on shore is encouraged whenever possible
  • The holding tanks are used and emptied at least 3 miles from shore
  • Discharging sewage is avoided close to shore and in sensitive habitats

Reducing Pollution:

  • Engine checked daily to avoid oil and fuel leaks and serviced regularly
  • Fuel lines, connections and seals are maintained to avoid leaks
  • Engine bilge is kept separate from main bilge to collect any oil and is disposed of ashore
  • Bilge is checked for oil before pumping
  • When refuelling or carrying out maintenance, care is taken not to allow oil and fuel to enter the water
  • Detergent is not used to deal with oil spills as it can do even more damage
  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning and maintenance products are used
  • Chlorine, bleach products and phosphates in particular are avoided!
  • Washing machine on board uses eco-friendly detergent and bio-free products
  • Anti-fouling scrapings are captured and disposed of appropriately on shore
  • Hull is waxed annually to reduce the need for cleaning products
  • Starch-based rubbish bags are used which can be composted

Respecting Habitats and Wildlife:

  • A respectful distance is kept around wildlife on the water
  • Dinghy is launched and recovered from appropriate sites to avoid damaging or trampling sensitive habitats
  • When anchoring, care is taken to avoid damage to the seabed

Deterring Non-native species:

  • Anti-fouling is applied annually to help reduce the spread of invasive and damaging native species
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) based anti-foul used
  • Anchor and chain washed thoroughly on leaving an anchoring site
  • Dinghy scrubbed to avoid spreading marine non-native species

Carbery Sailing specialises in beginner's sailing and Fast Track RYA Day Skipper courses. We also undertake adventure sailing cruises on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Ocean Passages to Spain, Madeira, the Azores and the Canaries on a Hallberg-Rassy 46.

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+353 (0) 27 29101
  +353 (0) 852 256901

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  • West Cork
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