This July, Gunwharf Quays will be the official host marina for the 10th anniversary RC44 Championship Tour fleet race, which will see both amateur and professional sailors compete in Solent waters for the prestigious tournament cup.
The international Tour will race in the UK for the very first time from 13 - 17 July and the state-of-the-art yachts will arrive into Gunwharf Quays Marina on 12 July. When not racing, the yachts will be berthed and on display at the marina for sailing enthusiasts and visitors alike to get up close to the impressive boats.
Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s fastest and most advanced yachts into our marina. This is the first time the RC44 Championship Tour has come to the UK and as it is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event will be a truly special occasion for the south coast.
“We are delighted that our guests will have the opportunity to see these spectacular boats up close during the race weekend. It’s a unique opportunity and, in such close proximity, visitors will be able to take in the beautiful craftsmanship and design of each yacht. We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with the America’s Cup World Series, and we’re looking forward to also welcoming the RC44 teams to our marina, supporting the race and cheering on Great Britain’s Team Aqua.”
Gunwharf Quays is the only shopping centre in the UK with sailing access and will also offer panoramic vantage points for spectators to watch the race. With many waterfront restaurants and bars, visitors will be able to absorb the racing atmosphere whilst enjoying freshly prepared delicious food, or relaxing with a chilled drink.
For further information about the RC44 Championship Tour, please visit: www.rc44.com/events/view/rc44_portsmouth_cup1#.V20qLfkrIdU