Premier On Portsmouth AC Race Experience

July 26, 2015

Premier Michael Dunkley is currently in the UK for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth which took place this weekend. The Premier along with the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Grant Gibbons were representing the Bermuda Government at the event.

Premier Dunkley said, “It was great to be in Portsmouth to support the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup, World Series event and flying the flag on behalf of Bermuda.

“It was also a good opportunity to spend time with our partners from the ACEA, sponsors, dignitaries and the many people interested in Bermuda. This was a hectic but productive two days for us and it provided us an opportunity to support the Bermuda team as they continue to prepare to fulfill our America’s Cup responsibilities.”

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“Bermuda was heavily represented this weekend with local sponsor Goslings providing a roof top bar, Hamilton Princess having a presence and the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] using the opportunity to maximize their media outreach. ‎Race reports note that there were some 50,000 spectators at the event yesterday [Saturday] with several hundred pleasure craft watching from the water,” a spokesperson said.

Premier Dunkley noted that the Bermuda team were on both land and water, observing, learning and formulating plans for upcoming AC events being hosted in Bermuda.

He concluded, “Overall this was an invaluable opportunity. Even though the races were cancelled today due to severe weather, it truly was a special experience.‎ The exposure for Bermuda both here at the event and around the world via the television coverage is nothing short of tremendous.

“Bermuda was being mentioned continuously to the millions of people watching – and that is a positive result for the Island. Also, it was gratifying to see Minister Gibbons and the entire ACBDA team here in the trenches, getting involved and getting the job done, working through the critical processes to ensure that the World Series races in October run smoothly.

“Certainly today was a Dark n’ Stormy day in Portsmouth, but the sun was shining in Bermuda and that was not lost on many people I spoke to today.”

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  1. Coffee says:

    I see how this is going !
    Bermuda being represented by certain families only !
    Of course the BTA were invited to tag along , conveniently allowing the minister of Tourism to handle bigger fish elsewhere so that the “Bermuda” team appeared to be homogenous !
    What a bunch of hypocrites !
    Anyway I hope all enjoyed the only thing worth drinking . Dark ‘n’Stormies . They’ll have it no other way !