Our 2017 Season was a GREEN success!

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November 2017

Dear Member,

The Fleet Green Team is very pleased to announce that the Northeast Harbor Fleet has been awarded Sailors for the Sea Gold Level Clean Regattas Certification for our 2017 season.  With your help and support, we brought true sustainability to Gilpatrick Cove this summer. Recognition by Sailors for the Sea at this high level is testament to our commitment to environmentally sound best practices throughout the Fleet and Sailing School. 

Our water bottle filling stations meant that over 1,200 single-use plastic water bottles were avoided, our new recycling, redeemables and compost collection receptacles reduced landfill waste, and our upgraded Galley with commercial dishwasher allowed us to do away with plastic cups, utensils and paper plates.  All of our glasses, silverware and dinnerware are reusable – no more plastic!

This summer our Green Policies were taken to heart by staff, members, guests and Sailing School parents and students (you can review them here).  With your help we will continue to improve all of our systems for this coming season, particularly in the area of waste disposal. 

A big Thank You to all of the members, volunteers, staff and sailors who helped us to implement this important mission for the entire Fleet and our beloved Island and Ocean. 

We’re all in this together.  If you are interested in joining the Green Team, please let any one of us know!

On behalf of the Green Team,

Gordon Beck, Fleet Clerk


             Mia Thompson - Rear Commodore                 John Roberts - Fleet Treasurer

            Gordon Beck – Fleet Clerk                              Fran Charles - Fleet Manager

             Melissa Walls - Fleet Ops Manager                Sydney Roberts Rockefeller

            Barbara Meyers                                             Bill Dowling

            Jim Green                                                     Tucker Charles                                                  


 Photo by Tyler Killion

Photo by Tyler Killion

Our Goals:

  • Reusable water bottles only - use the new water bottle filling stations at the Fleet & Clifton Dock.
  • Bring your food in reusable containers with responsible cutlery – no more plastic waste.
  • Pack in – Pack out: when on the water, nothing goes over the side.
  • Recycle beverage bottles and cans – proceeds from redeemables will benefit the Sailing School.
  • Use our compost bin for food waste to create fertilizer.
  • Ride your bike or carpool when coming to the Fleet.
  • Use only non-toxic cleaners.
  • Use only environmentally friendly bottom paints.

We are asking you as a member of the Fleet to embrace these initiatives for the benefit of all. 

The Fleet mission is to sustain a venue that provides easy access to the water and inspires a lifelong love of sailing and boating, while respecting the rugged beauty of Maine and supporting the community.

The Green Initiative strives to enhance this mission, and to inspire all Fleet members, young and old, to promote and embrace a culture of environmental awareness. The waters of Mount Desert Island and Gilpatrick Cove need our protection.

We wish to thank all of our members and friends of the Fleet for their generous donations this year.  Without your support we would not have been able to succeed.   Yes, we still welcome donations to help carry forward these initiatives for future seasons and to continue this positive and essential effort, so please consider joining us with whatever level of financial support you can afford.  Send a check payable to The NEH Fleet with the memo line Green Team Initiatives.   Mail to:  PO Box 462, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.  And please call or email any one of us on the Green Team and we can answer any questions you may have. 

Thank you!

  Photo by Sue Charles

 Photo by Sue Charles

 Photo by Gordon Beck

Photo by Gordon Beck