Plymouth, UK is getting ready to host a round of the America’s Cup World Series – the equivalent of NASCAR’s Nationwide series.* Though there is relatively little British talent involved, the city hopes to promote the event to a wide audience and generate a significant positive economic impact.
Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Vivien Pengelly said:
“It is great to see such support already flooding in from the public and private sectors. We’re making great progress and the city is really pulling together to make our role as hosts of the America’s Cup World Series a success. This is going to be a fabulous event and a chance to show the world what a wonderful, waterfront city Plymouth truly is.
The week long series of racing and onshore entertainment will be an exciting time in Plymouth. We are expecting thousands of visitors and we want everyone to have fun and come back and visit us again. Investing in this event means its legacy will be enjoyed by the city and all those involved for years to come.”
The support for the event comes in many kinds.
Plymouth has obtained a contribution from the English Cities Fund which will be supported by ABP Ports. Amey LG and Bardon Aggregates are helping prepare the site.
There are a host of companies providing ‘in-kind’ sponsorship to help create the infrastructure required for the event – the Sutton Harbour Group has offered pontoons to create temporary docks for the America’s Cup boats. Cattewater Harbour Commissioners are providing pilotage and towage for the container ship that will be delivering the America’s Cup boats as well as moorings and pontoons.
For spectators, Princess Yachts has offered the use of some of their boats for corporate entertainment and in case you were wondering how many VIP guests would travel to Plymouth for the America’s Cup World Series by train – First Great Western has offered the use of ’a’ carriage for VIP guests. Bus travellers won’t be left out though. First Devon and Cornwall will show films of the America’s Cup boats in action on the park and ride buses.
Keeping with the community based delivery of the event. The University of Plymouth will contribute to hospitality marquees on the Hoe.
Dave Young, Chair of the Plymouth America’s Cup Business Task Force added:
“A lot of hard work has been put into this by the Council and the way the private sector is stepping up to play its part is fantastic. This, to me, is the perfect example of how a city can come together to successfully host a major global event.”
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* The America’s Cup World Series uses ‘one-design’ or stock boats featuring some of the top sailors who will then go on to compete for the America’s Cup in a different boat, just like drivers who compete in the Sprint Cup also compete in the Nationwide series.