Preparations are now well underway for the prestigious America’s Cup World Series event and Plymouth City Council is rallying support from both the private and public sectors to help stage this fantastic spectacle.
There is a large operation to prepare Millbay for the state of the art catamarans and the teams and to create a Race Village where members of the public can see the shore-side action. Plymouth Hoe will provide a fabulous view of the racing on the water, there will be a huge screen showing the action up close and a stage with entertainment.
A large number of Plymouth based businesses and organisations are already on board with offers of support for this event.
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 contribution of the English Cities Fund and support from ABP Ports means the Millbay development site can be used for the Race Village. Amey LG and Bardon Aggregates are helping prepare the site and 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.
Princess Yachts has offered the use of some of their boats for corporate entertainment. First Great Western has offered the use of a carriage for VIP guests. First Devon and Cornwall will show films of the America’s Cup boats in action on the park and ride buses. The City Centre Company is providing sites for banners and advertising space throughout the city centre and thanks to the University of Plymouth there will be hospitality marquees on the Hoe.
As the preparations for the event progress the Council is expecting more firms to sign up with offers of support and there have also already been numerous contributions and efforts from individuals and small companies, all backing this fantastic event.
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.”
Source: Plymouth City Council