Superyacht event organisers back on island
The organisers of last year’s superyacht regatta have returned to Bermuda to discuss holding more events in the island’s waters.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority said representatives for Boat International and the J Class Association have been in Bermuda this week to look at future regattas. The groups organised the Superyacht Regatta and the J Class Regatta for the 35th America’s Cup last year, which featured the luxury boats racing against each other.
Pat Phillip-Fairn, chief product and experiences development officer for the BTA, said: “It’s great to have them back out here this week re-engaging with stakeholders and learning about Bermuda’s strategy as it relates to superyacht tourism.
“If there’s a partnership with Boat International and the J Class Association that makes sense for Bermuda, we could see superyachts dotting our harbours and marinas once again.”
About 100 superyachts visited the island last year during the America’s Cup, including eight of the ten J-Class boats in the world. A report by professional services firm PwC in the wake of the America’s Cup said superyachts and other visiting vessels injected more than $14 million into the local economy.
Government and the BTA have been exploring how to develop a superyacht tourism industry since the America’s Cup, including a public presentation held earlier this month.
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