The Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge!
Hello, and welcome to the official web page for our Guinness World Record attempt.
'Plastic Bottles seem harmless enough, they are convenient and disposable - or are they? In Fact here in Britain we are making a difference, with initiatives taken by our local councils, although less than half our plastic bottles are recycled back into usable products. The campaign group Recycle now estimates that in Britain alone, 16 million plastic bottles are not recycled every day, and discarded. These bottles can take at least 500yrs to decompose, in other words we adults will be leaving an unmanageable legacy for generations to come unless we take further action now. Furthermore, if we include developed, under developed Countries, and our Oceans worldwide, the ratio of fish to plastic by weight by 2050 will exceed all the fish in the sea, a sobering thought.
Education is the key to spreading the word, if we are to tackle this problem for future generations of our children; the Queen Mary Sailing Club, Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge is a really fun way of doing just that. Read on, this is a high profile challenge, and a Guinness Book of Records - Official Record Attempt as well.
I look forward to seeing some marvellous examples of nautical ingenuity, think plastic, think fantastic!'
Richard Steele - Vice Commodore QMSC
What is it?
We are an inspired bunch of volunteers, sailors and teachers creating a challenge that we hope will promote a better respect for plastic and the sea.
The Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge is a Guinness World Record attempt using plastic bottles to make model boats, to inspire plastic education and increase sailing participation, as an education event for schools in June 2018. The event has the green light and we are now inviting teachers to get involved wherever you are in the world. click here to register your interest today
Our goal is to promote respect for our oceans by targeting both youth sailors and the general sailing communities. This is a bottom up approach targeting students, who sail, and teachers, who sail, to help us take this educational challenge in to the classroom. Once in schools our project is active in increasing sailing participation but with the twist that we will be introducing plastic educated sailors, engaged in reducing ocean pollution and with knowledge of ocean issues, to our sport.
Before we start. Why is plastic pollution a problem? watch this Sky Video (LINK)