Portsmouth has been chosen over Southampton as the start and finish port for the Global Challenge 2004/5, round-the-world yacht race
Portsmouth has been chosen over Southampton as the start and finish port for the Global Challenge 2004/5, round-the-world yacht race. The 12 72ft race yachts will be berthed at Gunwharf Quays Marina for the start and finish of the next year’s Global Challenge.
Challenge Business was attracted to the facilities of Portsmouth, the enthusiasm of the City to host the event and the opportunity to launch the race from such an ideal platform as Gunwharf Quays. With its imposing waterfront location and more than 20 bars, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets, the facilities are ideal for the crew volunteers and visitors.
The tiered waterfront and large balconies at Gunwharf Quays make an ideal vantage point, as has been proved at previous major events such as last year’s Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race. The public will be able to meet the crew, watch the preparations and enjoy the carnival atmosphere in the days leading up to the start of the race.
Deborah Owen-Ellis Clark, Marketing Director of Gunwharf Quays, said: “We have been holding major yachting events from Gunwharf Quays since we opened in 2001, but to be chosen by The Challenge Business for the Global Challenge 2004-2005 puts the seal on all our hard work.
“We are keen to engage with the local community and schools to embrace this exciting event and follow the race and provide a suitable send off and welcome home for the intrepid crews.”