The official handing over ceremony of Port America's Cup took place on Friday 26/3/07
The official handing over ceremony of Port America’s Cup from the Consorcio Valencia 2007 took place on Friday. This official ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony began 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days after the selection of Valencia as host city of the 32nd America’s Cup.
Representatives of the three levels of government that constitute Consorcio Valencia 2007, along with the CEO of the organising body of the 32nd America’s Cup, Michel Bonnefous, toured the Port from a race official’s boat.
The Minister of Public Administration, Jordi Sevilla, the Education, Culture and Sports Councillor for the Generalitat Valenciana, Alejandro Font de Mora, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá, toured the venue, beginning from the North Marina, along the canal, through the entrance to the Port and disembarked at the Superyacht Pier at the centre of Port America’s Cup.
At the end of the Superyacht Pier, the guests cut a symbolic ribbon, to mark the completion of the work and the official opening of Port America’s Cup.
Speaking at the new Press Conference Room, beside the Media Centre, Bonnefous said: “? Valencia and Spain have fulfilled their commitment and we now have three marinas, 12 team bases, an International Broadcast Centre, a Media Centre, along with the AC Park, and a landmark building – the Veles e Vents?”
At over 900 000 square metres, Port America’s Cup is the greatest ‘sailing stadium’ in the world. The 12 team bases line the perimeter of the inner harbour, divided by the Superyacht Pier and the impressive Veles e Vents building towers over the Port.
Lining both sides of the Canal are AC Park North and AC Park South with public entertainment areas, restaurants, bars, cafés and exhibitions. Close to the sea entrance of the canal is the Port America’s Cup Marina, offering 636 berths for yachts up to 30 metres.
With racing just over one week away, Port America’s Cup is ready to welcome millions of visitors from Spain and around the world to experience the passion and spirit of the 32nd America’s Cup.
3-7 April – Louis Vuitton Act 13
16 April – 7 May – Round Robins
14-15 May – Semi Finals
1-12 June – Final
23 June – 7 July32nd America’s Cup Match