Plymouth to host the Rolex Fastnet yacht race in August - and to be the finish line
PLYMOUTH is to welcome yachts from all over the world later this summer, The Herald can reveal tonight.
The city has been chosen for the finish of the prestigious 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race.
The biennial event was a resounding success when it was last in Plymouth in 2011, drawing huge crowds to the waterfront.
The news is a further boost to Plymouth's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2017 - and comes just a day after the new 'Britain's Ocean City' branding was revealed.
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Plymouth Yacht Haven at Mount Batten has been selected to be the Fastnet finish line, with dozens of top racers descend on the city this August.
The spectacle will also coincide with the British Fireworks Championships, which has become one of the highlights of the city's calendar.Laura Whinney, Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina Manager said: "We're delighted that The Royal Ocean Racing Club has selected Plymouth Yacht Haven to host the finish of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race.
"The marina is ideally suited to the major berthing requirements of the Rolex Fastnet, and we're looking forward to offering competitors and visitors a very warm welcome to what promises to be a truly great event."
The event will take place on August 13 and 14.
Plymouth Yacht Haven berthed around 90 vessels in 2011, while tourists and city people alike flocked to Sutton Harbour for an up-close glimpse at the hi-tech boats.
The entire fleet will be based at the Mount Batten marina this summer.
Plymouth's whole Mount Batten peninsula is getting involved in the event, with berthing, the main Fastnet Race Village and comprehensive facilities based at Plymouth Yacht Haven, and a 24-hour food and crew bar at the adjacent Mount Batten Watersports Centre.
Free parking for visitors on the peninsula will be available in several council car parks.
The 150-passenger Mount Batten Ferry will make the five-minute crossing to Plymouth's Barbican area throughout the day and evening, providing easy access for visitors and Fastnet competitors alike between the peninsula and the city's bars, restaurants and accommodation.