Taking the show on the road
Hannah Davis, America’s Cup website // May 15, 2011
Following a week of torrential rain in Auckland, signalling the fast
approaching winter, the America’s Cup team has been packing up, and is on the
move for the sunnier shores of Portugal.
At the conclusion of the test events in Auckland, it was all hands on deck to
get the show packed up on and the road. Within hours of the final test sail, the
boats were being dismantled and loaded into containers.
Grant Davidson, ACRM’s Technical Area Manager oversees the packing process
and was pleased with how smoothly it’s all gone.
“By the middle of the week, ten 40ft containers had been trucked out of the
Halsey street base, bound for Cascais. They have been loaded on to the Cap
Jervois from the Hamburg Sud shipping line, which will go through the Panama
Canal, via Columbia and then on to Valencia, where we will drop the Team China
containers before unloading the America’s Cup containers in Lisbon.
“The Port of Lisbon will become the point of consolidation of all containers
required for the event. Initially we’ll be responsible for the transport and
setting up of 68, 40ft containers.”
The Artemis Racing containers are being loaded on a ship to Valencia this
week, while ORACLE Racing has two AC45’s bound for San Francisco.
Emirates Team New Zealand is continuing to train in Auckland and will head
directly to Cascais in the middle of June.
A small team remains in Auckland, to prepare AC45s seven through 10, which
are expected to be arriving from Core Builders and Cooksons in the coming
Two new wings arrived at the ACRM base last week, to be prepped by the ACRM
shore crew, before being shipped to Cascais and handed over to a team.
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the show on the road
Photo: An element of ORACLE
Racing’s wing is loaded into a container in Auckland, New Zealand.
Task group will ensure Plymouth benefits from
Soutwest Business website // May 13, 2011
A BUSINESS task group has been set up to maximise the riches Plymouth could
reap from staging the America's Cup World Series.
The public/private sector organisation, set up by Plymouth Growth Board and
under the chairmanship of businessman David Young, will look at the immediate
and long term economic and marketing boosts open to the city from hosting the
yacht race in September.
Thousands of international visitors and worldwide TV and media attention is
expected, when the event is staged between September 10 and 18.
It could raise Plymouth's international profile and create a lasting legacy
for the city, its marine sector and waterfront as a global events and visitor
Mr Young is group managing director of the Estover-based Una Group, a
stakeholder member of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and an experienced
The task group will focus on working closely with public sector delivery
partners and coordinating the private sector's input into the event.
It will support Plymouth City Council and a dedicated project management
team, provided through Destination Plymouth, will deliver the event.
Mr Young said: "Opportunities like this are rare. This is more than a sailing
event, it fits into our city's economic strategy.
“We owe it to our community to maximise the immediate and follow-on economic
and profile-raising benefits.”
Douglas Fletcher, chairman of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth
Growth Board, said: “This is a tremendous coup for Plymouth. We need to act
quickly to make the most of it.”
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