Southampton to host start of the Global Ocean Race in September 201417th July 2013
Southampton Boat Show
The Global Ocean Race is an internationally renowned ocean racing challenge, and is one of the world’s most difficult yacht races. The race covers 30,000 miles and travels through the planet’s toughest oceans. The race is also the only round-the-world race crewed by solo, double-handed or four-handed crews.
The race will start from the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September 2014. The fleet of Class40 yachts will be moored in the show’s purpose built marina for ten days, giving visitors a unique close up view as teams prepare for the global challenge. Crews will set sail from Southampton on Sunday 21 September 2014.
Councillor Matt Tucker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services, said: “We are delighted that the city is going to host the start of this prestigious sailing challenge in 2014. It confirms Southampton as a major venue for ocean racing challenges. By the PSP Southampton Boat Show taking the Global Ocean Race under their wing tens of thousands of sailing enthusiasts who visit the show will be able to see the yachts and meet the teams. If residents are unable to visit the PSP Boat Show they will still be able to watch the yachts sail up Southampton Water towards the race start, from viewpoints like Weston Shore and Royal Victoria Country Park.”
Josh Hall, Global Ocean Race Founder & Race Director, said: “The Solent is the true home of round the world racing and we are extremely proud to bring our event where it belongs. The full support and assistance of Southampton City Council, National Boat Shows and show sponsors PSP Logistics has permitted the fleet to be hosted within the PSP Southampton Boat Show, giving people the opportunity to visit the boats and meet our inspirational sailors. We have long term plans to keep the same arrangements for future editions of the race and are committed to giving the people of the region a global event they can all share in and be proud of.”
Dan Taylor, NBS Operations Manager, said: “I am really pleased that the PSP Southampton Boat Show is working so closely with the Global Ocean Race to bring the perfect compliment to the show. Visitors come to the show to see boats, and to be able to host the start of the 2014 race of the Class40 yachts will provide the ideal platform to promote sailing at every level, while bringing that extra special attraction for all who come to the show.”
The PSP Southampton Boat Show attracts around 110,000 visitors, 500 plus exhibitors and boosts the economy by more than £11m by exhibitors and nearly half the visitors shopping, eating and staying in hotels. The Global Ocean Race will actively seek to involve the public, schools and the local business community, and its presence will enhance the reputation and financial wellbeing of the city.
The race starts from Southampton and ends eight months later at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, with stopovers in Africa, Australasia, North and South America. This race brings together two of the south’s most historic maritime cities confirming Southampton Water and the Solent as the home of sailing excellence in the UK.
For more information:
Global Ocean Race visit: http://globaloceanrace.com/
PSP Southampton Boat Show visit: http://www.southamptonboatshow.com/2013/home.aspx
News courtesy of Invest in Southampton.