Plymouth The Historical City
In recent years, yachts finishing the Fastnet Race were berthed across the harbour in Yacht Haven Marina, Mount Batten. This location was favoured by RORC but was away from the city and the gaze of the general public. Now it’s time to return to the city side.
Win or lose, just completing the race is worthy of celebration. That focus will now return to the city centre Marinas at QAB and Sutton Harbour. This will bring a bigger and better reception for the yachtsman, more exposure for the sponsors and a chance for the public to see what thousands of tired but ecstatic sailors look like. Better access for friends and families is guaranteed with a host of nearby hotels and guest houses. Full details have yet to be finalised and will be based on the generous support received in many areas.
A lot of people, all volunteers, are working hard to ensure the restoration of the race and the return to the city side will align with what the competitors want. It also maximises sponsor exposure. QAB and Sutton Harbour lie along the old town known as the Barbican. Full of charm, restaurants, cafes, bars and history, Sutton was the original name for Plymouth and was developed around 700AD. It is where the Mayflower left for the America’s, it is Plymouth’s original harbour. Not just a party at the end, but a festival. More music, more fun, more friends and family. It’s the competitors, the yachts, those that take part, they are THE RACE.
This year sees the 400th anniversary of that voyage. Plymouth thrives in the summer with holidaymakers exploring the old harbour, the nearby Hoe and the wealth of history that surrounds it. We have a duty to all to ensure that everyone on and off the water, yachtsmen and the public, are able to celebrate a truly historic and heroic race. The Barbican is a spectacular region to host such an event.