The Irish city of Cork will enter the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Cork will also be a host port after the final Atlantic crossing in the 35,000-mile race.
Team sponsors believe that the Clipper Race provides a unique platform delivering global market exposure at local market values.
The campaign to enter a Cork yacht that will take the spirit of the region to a worldwide audience of more than 300 million people has been jointly backed by Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.
In addition to those people with a thirst for adventure who will race around the world representing the region there are opportunities for local businesses to be part of the event. Teams in previous Clipper Races have helped galvanise the community spirit in their sponsoring city, generating a huge sense of ownership and pride in their achievement.
Already Cork’s crew has the support of sporting luminaries. Former Republic of Ireland players David O’Leary and Niall Quinn who, between them, have 160 caps for their country, are backing the team.
David O’Leary says,
“My congratulations to Cork for entering the first Irish boat into the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. As a keen sportsman I am delighted to hear that the Cork boat, crewed by local sailing enthusiasts, will be taking part in this incredible challenge and promoting my homeland across the world.”
Niall Quinn adds his support, saying,
“I am tremendously proud that Ireland will be represented in this world famous race and I will be following every stage with great interest.”
Sir Robin Knox Johnson says,
“It is fantastic news that Cork will be represented in Clipper 09-10 and, if the welcome the crews received at the Royal Cork Yacht Club at the end of Clipper 07-08 is anything to go by, I am sure the stopover here is going to be one of the highlights of the Clipper Race – they are wonderful hosts.”
Fiona Buckley, General Manager Fáilte Ireland South West says,
“Fáilte Ireland South West is delighted to be involved with the introduction of a Cork boat for the first time in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. A Cork boat will bring invaluable publicity and promotional opportunities for Cork during the Clipper 09-10 Race.
“Sailing is central to the development of tourism in the South West and particularly in Cork and is central to the Fáilte Ireland South West Regional development Strategy 2008-2010. Cork has an enviable sailing maritime reputation worldwide, stemming from its unique natural harbour, yacht clubs and maritime history.”
Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Brian Bermingham says,
“I’m delighted that Cork will be represented in such a prestigious global event and hope the event will bring worldwide attention to the city which has such a rich maritime history.
“It is a perfect opportunity to showcase the city to a worldwide audience and we expect it will contribute significantly to the local and regional economy. I hope the people of Cork will get behind the team and support them all the way.”