News that the Valencia Yacht Port might be able to ease superyacht congestion during the America's Cup this summer is welcome 15/1/07
News that the Valencia Yacht Port might be able to ease superyacht congestion during the America’s Cup this summer is welcome, as are charges that are more grounded than those of the exclusive Valencia Superyacht Marina (see page 119).
But it could be too little too late. Although the facility will be up and running in some form in time for Cup activities, it will be another year before the marina is finished off. One can only hope the Cup stays in Valencia for their sake.
It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Palma, Mallorca, will benefit from the paucity of superyacht dock space in Valencia, the city becoming the host for visiting superyachts this summer.
Remarkable as the regeneration of Valencia’s waterfront is, it’s a shame the plan didn’t accommodate much more space for superyachts. The America’s Cup is far more than a yacht race. It’s about the movers and shakers getting together on the Cup playing field and they normally do that on their yacht – or at least someone else’s. Not much good, then, if they can’t bring it to the party.
If the Cup stays in Valencia, Valencia Yacht Port is clearly going to provide what big yachts need. But if the Cup leaves Spanish shores, then can whoever draws up the plans for the next event please ink in something for big boats, if only to keep prices at acceptable levels?