Local sailing events are important. You never know where the next great sportsperson is going to come from, but local events also help to build the appeal of sailing within a community and hopefully drive participation.
Clydeport will continue to sponsors LARGS Regatta Week for another 3 years.
More than 100 boats and 40 dinghies will take part in a series of races, including the prestigious Round Cumbraes Race and Scottish Two Handed Race, at this year’s event which runs from 28 August 28 until 5 September. In addition to the racing, there is also a strong social programme including dinners and prizegivings.
Clydeport, Scotland’s main west coast ports operator, has sponsored Largs Regatta Week for the last five years and has now confirmed continued support. Organisers of the week say it is a timely boost ahead of what will be a significant 12 months for Scottish sailing on the west coast, with Greenock set to host a leg of the Tall Ships Races 2011 in July next year.
Carolyn Elder, managing director at Largs Yacht Haven, said: “We are absolutely delighted to continue this valuable sponsorship agreement and very grateful that Clydeport is supporting our sport.
“Largs Regatta Week is one of the ‘big four’ sailing events of the Clyde and the last one of the season so it is the perfect way to round off the 2010 calendar in style before looking forward to the Tall Ships Races next year. The week really demonstrates that Largs Yacht Haven is a leisure harbour as well as a commercial one which is backed up by the fact we are already staging European and World events over the course of the next four years.”
Captain Ron Bailey, harbour master for Clydeport, said: “We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Largs Yacht Haven and the Largs Regatta Week for five years now.
“Everyone at Clydeport is pleased that we have extended the sponsorship of what is not only a key local event but also has much wider appeal.”
Cllr David Wilson, chairman of Sail Inverclyde said:
“The Largs Regatta Week is the perfect warm up ahead of the 2011 Tall Ships Races. Scotland is lucky enough to boast some spectacular sailing events. As we look ahead to next July’s Tall Ships event in Greenock, the regatta will help encourage people to get excited about sailing.”
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