Clean Sailors and 6 other sailing organisations join forces to support and champion marinas

Clean Sailors and 6 other sailing organisations join forces to support and champion marinas


Seven sailing organisations, including boatfolk, a marina group who manage 11 sites in the UK, join forces to support and champion marinas as guardians of cleaner waters worldwide, launching free online resource, Cleaner marina.

boatfolk, savvy navvy, Ecoworks marine, Clean Sailors, the Ocean Cruising Club, The SeaCleaners founded by Franco-Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon and Finsulate have teamed up as the first cross-industry partners to support marinas as guardians of cleaner waters around the world.

Initiated by Clean Sailors, the aim of the Cleaner marina movement is to inspire, encourage and create a community of marinas around the world who are implementing practices which help to safeguard the health of our waters.

Launching a free, online resource at which details simple steps that any marina, port or harbour authority can take to help protect our marine ecosystems, the aim of Cleaner marina and partners is to champion inspiring activity of marinas around the world and encourage others in the same.

The early supporters look forward to supporting marinas and the wider sailing community in protecting our oceans.


On initiating Cleaner marina, Holly Manvell, founder of Clean Sailors comments:

“For thousands of years marinas, ports and harbours have been our gateways to adventure and our resting places, and play a really important role in helping our boating and marine community keep our waters clean and healthy. We've been super inspired by the work of some marinas around the world and want to help champion and inspire others in the same.”


On supporting Cleaner marina, Yvan Bourgnon, sailor and founder of The SeaCleaners, comments:

“The environment is everyone's business, boaters, tourists, sailors... We must therefore embark with the environment in mind. In my opinion, the principle of freedom of navigation implies the freedom to engage in activities without harming nature. So, we respect the sea, the oceans as well as the marinas. A marina is meant to be clean! Floating rubbish, oil-sprayed water, foul smells... apart from respecting the wildlife, a clean marina is as important for the people on board the boats as it is for those who come to enjoy its docks.”


On supporting Cleaner marina, Dominic Zammit, Director at boatfolk, comments:

“At boatfolk, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. As a boating business the coastline is our lifeline, and we need to protect it for the generations to come. We believe that people and places can inspire, educate, and influence behaviours. We want the boatfolk community to have a positive impact on the marine environment (and the planet) and we know that this change must happen soon.”


Angus Johnston, Head of Brand and Co-founder of Ecoworks marine, comments:

 “Promoting environmental responsibility within the Marine Industry is a part of Ecoworks Marine. We are keen to work with Cleaner marina to help promote best practice and work with marinas and berth holders to maintain and encourage healthy port and marina environments.”


On supporting Cleaner marina, David Cusworth, Community Partnership Manager of savvy navvy comments:

“The water is our playground and it’s essential we preserve it so future generations to come can enjoy it as much as we do. Here at savvy navvy we work to break down the barriers that prevent people from getting into boating by helping people get out on the water with confidence. We also want to do our part to ensure we educate to protect our waters and leave them in the same, if not better, condition than we found it.”



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About Boatfolk

Boatfolk aims to create great places for everyone that wants to be in, on, under or by the water. With 11 marinas in beautiful locations around the UK, it’s easy to have fun afloat. Our waterside destinations are more than just a place to berth your boat. They are a place to enjoy it in new ways. Some want bigger boats, some want small sailing boats, but many just want the opportunity to get involved, get out on the water, and give it a try — no strings (or ropes) attached.

Through our platform for change, Coastline Deadline, we are focused on marine wildlife, ocean plastics, clean water and renewable energy. We’re doing what we can to minimise our environmental impact and helping our community make positive changes too. 


About Ecoworks marine

Ecoworks Marine are championing the sustainable revolution in marine cleaning. Founded in 2015, this U.K. brand has a rapid growing number of yachts around the world choosing to use its range of environmentally friendly cleaning products. 

The brand offers effective cleaning solutions for interior yacht cleaning, exterior yacht cleaning and engine rooms - a compact range of 15 cleaning products. From all-surface cleaner to laundry liquid, from teak cleaner to engine cleaner. 


About Finsulate

Finsulate provides an biocide-free antifoul solution, helping to keep our waters chemical and microplastic free. Based in the Netherlands, Finsulate was founded by Dr. Rik Breur, European Inventor of the Year, 2019.


About savvy navvy

savvy navvy is an easy to use boating app, built by experienced mariners, with essential marine information, in one place. Tidal graphs, weather forecasts, full weather routing, automatically updated chart data, routing, GPS tracking, marina information (and more) at the touch of a button. One subscription, one app, multiple devices.


About The SeaCleaners

Created in 2016 by the French-Swiss navigator and explorer Yvan Bourgnon, the NGO The SeaCleaners acts against plastic pollution, both at sea and on land, through corrective and preventive missions. As an observer member of the United Nations Environment Programme and supported by the Albert II Foundation of Monaco and the CCI France International network, The SeaCleaners has set itself objectives that revolve around four areas:


  • The protection of the environment with the collection of floating waste and the collection of waste on land with our teams of volunteers ;
  • Education and pedagogy, with the development of awareness-raising activities for the populations affected, the general public and decision-makers;
  • Scientific research;
  • Promotion of the transition to a circular economy.

In particular, The SeaCleaners is developing a pioneering solution for the collection and recovery of floating plastic macro-waste: the Manta, a groundbreaking vessel equipped with an onboard plant, which will be launched in 2024. This giant of the seas will be the first deep-sea vessel capable of collecting and mass processing floating oceanic waste before it fragments and enters the marine ecosystem on a long-term basis.


About the Ocean Cruising Club

The Ocean Cruising Club was founded in 1954 to promote long-distance cruising in all it's forms. A club without a clubhouse, the OCC has over 3000 members in over 80 countries countries around the world, bound together by a common achievement of a 1,000 mile non-stop sailing passage. 


About Clean Sailors

Clean Sailors is a not-for-profit, mobilising the global sailing community in conservation of our oceans. Launched in July 2020, Clean Sailors' mission is to set a new standard of sailing within our global sailing community: clean sailing, by raising awareness of ocean conservation opportunities within our sport, our passion, our pastime.

The Crew's aim is to make an ocean ambassador of each and every sailor around the world. Work includes campaigning for legislation to better protect our ocean, education, advice and outreach on conservation opportunities within the sailing and marine communities and sharing scientific research on issues facing our global waters.

Clean Sailors counts the Henri-Lloyd, the Ocean Cruising Club, British Marine, The Yacht Harbour Association, Finsulate and Sail & Explore Association, amongst its early supporters.