“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” — Sir David Attenborough

Protecting our environment for all our tomorrows

All too often, we find our once-beautiful waterways blighted by litter. That harms wildlife locally and, ultimately, in the oceans, where plastics especially can take centuries to break down.

There’s a strong sense amongst organisers, participants and spectators of the Hurley Classic that it’s not enough to simply enjoy our rivers and aquatic ecosystems; it’s time to give back.

That’s why we want to help free the Thames from litter and make our event as environmentally friendly as possible — starting now, so our enjoyment today leaves a legacy of a better tomorrow.

In 2018, we will:

  • Carry out a ‘Live Environmental Audit’ — driven by everyone at the event, we will identify areas where we can do better and put improvement actions in place.
  • Launch the ‘Pick up Two’ campaign where every person who gets on the water will be encouraged to get off with two pieces of litter.
  • Remove single-use plastics from our catering service.
  • Provide sorted waste-disposal facilities for recycling.
  • Encourage (and facilitate) lift shares.
  • Promote the positive environmental activities of our support companies
  • Together with Active 360 and their collaboration of water-sports partners, provide environmental guidance for you to take home and put into practice within your own community.

If this is a goal you’re passionate about and want to help us with, please get in touch!