28 Solar Panels have been installed on the roof and the club is now powered by the sun. We are actually putting electricity back into the power grid. The $4300 a year we will be saving in electrify will be redirected back into the club facilities.
Partnership with Seabin Project
The ‘Seabin Project’ has a simple mission statement: to live in a world without the need for Seabins. With the objective of creating a pollution-free ocean for future generations, the project has seen huge growth and support since its inception in 2015.
Funded by Patagonia Australia, The Seabin, which is located on the floating pontoon on the wharf, will collect roughly 4.5kg of rubbish per day, and will also be used by researchers to collect important data about water quality in the area. The bin is pumped through the yacht club’s brand new solar panels.
It was a regular sailing day for Sailability so we decided that this was special enough for us to continue our Sailing Day, as usual in these COVID-19 times, with our one-up training for our volunteers, but a break in the middle to watch the SeaBin being installed, and switched on by a very switched on
politician, Zali Steggall.
Pete explained what the SeaBin is all about… a vacuum cleaner for the water. Ours is the 23rd one in Sydney Harbour, and the 900th one for the Globe. Hopefully, the world’s oceans will give up the scourge plastic to be recycled into useful objects and allow the water to retain the fish populations. After the wonderful switch went on faultlessly, the boats were brought up the ramp, de-rigged and put away
with a minimum of fuss.