Work is beginning on preparations at Millbay Dock for the creation of the America’s Cup World Series Race Village.
Plymouth City Council and its partners for the America’s Cup event are taking an innovative and sustainable approach with recycled materials. The surface that is being taken from roads around the city as part of Operation Upgrade is being deposited at Millbay. Plymouth Transport and Highways (the partnership between the Council and Amey) are currently resurfacing roads that have been badly affected by the severe winter weather. This road surface will be reused to level the site at Millbay ready for the Race Village to be built on top. This will be home to the state of the art catamarans and the teams for America’s Cup World Series event from 10 to 18 September.
Councillor Kevin Wigens, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “Operation Upgrade is vital work for the city’s roads and it is great that the road surface that’s being stripped off will be recycled within Plymouth. With the creation of the Race Village at Millbay we have a project that requires this type of material and I’m pleased we are able to take a sustainable approach to the work within the city.”
The Race Village will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to see the awesome America’s Cup boats up close and watch their crews getting ready for the races. Spectators can watch the racing action from the Hoe where there will be a big screen and stage entertainment.
This is the first time the prestigious America’s Cup has held a World Series of regattas around the world. The racing begins in August in Portugal, the second event is in Plymouth and then the Series moves on to San Diego. Some of the world’s top sailors will be racing the state of the art catamarans around Plymouth Sound and right in front of the Hoe.
Press Release: Plymouth City Council
Also be sure to keep an eye on the Barbican Waterfront’s America’s Cup Event Section for the latest news.