SailGP Celebrates Local Partnerships

April 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Following the conclusion of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess, SailGP credited the “partnership of locally based businesses, and organizations for their unwavering support of its successful launch amidst a global pandemic.”

A spokesperson said, “There was no shortage of support shown for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess, the global championship’s long awaited Season 2 opener. The most memorable of starts to any of the Island’s sailing events so far, SailGP credits the partnership of locally based businesses and organizations for their unwavering support of its successful launch amidst a global pandemic.

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“With the world’s economies looking for creative and impactful avenues to stimulate growth, and international sporting bodies looking for meaningful ways to continue their operations, SailGP forged a path demonstrating how achievable this can be both on and off the water through local collaboration.”

“SailGP is proud of the relationships developed with each of its Bermuda-based partners, especially during these challenging times. The confidence being placed in SailGP’s ability to safely deliver a world-class event is a testament to Bermuda’s forward-thinking approach to rebuilding during a pandemic,” said SailGP Chief Operating Officer, Julien Di Biase.

“While unique adjustments to the rollout of the event had to be implemented, many times under short notice, our partners remained flexible, and their support has been an invaluable asset to have onside as we launched our second season. We are very thankful for their support.”

A spokesperson added, “Behind the scenes of SailGP’s inaugural event in Bermuda existed a series of required products and services needed to support its successful execution. From event venues to food suppliers, accommodations to transportation, and legal and financial support to impact reports – corporate relationships have undoubtedly been a significant part of the overall event operations.

“Gratitude is a natural part of the purpose-led sail racing organization. As it speeds forward to prepare the world for a better future, SailGP acknowledges its partners and their roles in what has undoubtedly been an unforgettable event.

“Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] – Official Host Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Delivering marketing support locally and internationally, the BTA served as a true ambassador carrying the flags for both Bermuda and SailGP far and wide, promoting the island’s enduring maritime heritage all with a focus on sustainability, engaging youth and presenting the island-destination as the perfect high-profile sports venue – a place to mark on every visitor’s calendar.

“Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – Title Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. The epitome of hospitality, The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club provided the very best-in-class services from marina operations to large group accommodations, all the while keeping all guests safe, comfortable and welcome.

“West End Development Corporation [WEDCO] – Official Venue Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Housing technical hubs, team sheds, and the Inspire program base, WEDCO’s infrastructure support was a key element to supporting SailGP’s roving headquarters.

“Renaissance Re – Official Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. As with any sports’ team, back office support is critical to its overall operation. Generosity shown by the Bermuda-based reinsurer was tremendously helpful with keeping the administrative teams connected.

“BF&M – Official Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. In addition to being the official local insurer for SailGP, the local insurance company’s support of sailing as a recreational therapy for autistic youth in particular has been a core part of its community involvement since 2017 and aligns perfectly with SailGP’s goals for a more inclusive sport.

“Appleby – Official Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Established for more than 100 years in Bermuda, along with its high level support of sailing, the law firm’s support for SailGP’s ethos encompassing diversity and inclusion, and sustainability has offered a tremendous foundational backing.

“Butterfield Bank – Official [Financial Services] Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. As a leading independent offshore bank and trust company, and Bermuda’s first bank with over 150 years in business – the benefits of having the strength of a well established financial institution were invaluable during the inaugural event on the Island.

“PwC – Official Supplier of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Providing critical data through sustainability and economic impact reporting, SailGPs goals for the future can remain measurable and laser focused.

“Current Vehicles – Official Electric Car Rental Supplier of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Aligned with innovative and climate positive business practices, the clean energy partnership led to more discussions and actions involving sustainability and environmentally friendly solutions.

“Butterfield & Vallis – Official Supplier of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Providing quality food, the leading on-island distributor enabled crews and teams to remain fueled for the duration of the training period right through to the event’s completion. A valuable partnership that allowed for healthy minds and bodies to deliver a high-adrenaline weekend of entertainment.

“Goslings Rum – Official Rum Supplier of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Topping off the event, the homegrown Rum and Ginger Beer brand – established in 1806 – a quintessential addition to the roster of partners embodied the cultural essence and happy, hospitable nature of the island and its people.

“The global league now heads to Taranto, Italy [June 5-6] as the second stop in Season 2, and hopes to be able to return to Bermuda in the future.”

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