In March 2012 Sea-Changers conducted an online survey aimed at the sailing public. We wanted to find out if those who enjoy sailing as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment and conservation issues. The results have been fascinating and give useful insights and pointers as to the views of the sailing community. For details of our methodology and the full results of the survey, download PDF here. If you would like to talk to us about the survey in more detail please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To whet your appetite here are some key headlines that came out of the survey:

  • There is evidence of growing concern about the marine environment over the last 5 years, with sailors noticing more marine pollution and litter.

  • Sailors associate the most serious marine issues with those caused by industry and commerce, rather than with their leisure activities.

  • When sailors were asked to identify what they consider to be the main environmental impacts of sailing, half identified marine litter as a key impact. 

  • Sailors who answered the Sea-Changers survey tend to feel that they are doing all they can to minimise their environmental impact, but they are not so convinced that the wider sailing community is as caring or conscious about the marine environment.

  • Sailors are keen to support businesses that are giving something back to the marine  environment.

Sea-Changers will be using the survey findings to inform recruitment of sailing retailers as Sea-Changers businesses, as well as effectively targeting future fundraising campaigns with the sailing community.

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