When the 37th America’s Cup takes place in Barcelona, yacht owners will have prime dockage in the city center. Marina Port Vell is officially the Preferred Marina for Superyachts, having signed an agreement with the race organizers.
The marina, with berths to 623 feet (190 meters), was already fielding requests from owners. In fact, the marina managers say upwards of 40 boats, yachts, and superyachts have requested slips for the racing events. The events take place from August to October 2024. Besides having six different docks, Marina Port Vell has been investing in additional superyacht slips in recent years. This, and its location next to the America’s Cup course, makes it further attractive.
The attraction includes the official organizer of the race, ACE Barcelona. Grant Dalton, CEO of ACE Barcelona and Emirates Team New Zealand, says being next to the team bases and its proximity to the city center were key considerations. So, too, was the quality of the facilities. “We have no doubt that visiting superyachts will have an incredible experience at this world-class marina,” he adds.
As the Preferred Marina for Superyachts, Marina Port Vell will have a dedicated team to assist owners, guests, and crews of visiting yachts. Visitors can expect to enjoy a variety of special experiences as well, though details are not yet available. Regardless, the marina managers say that a variety of international companies have expressed interest in hosting events on site during the America’s Cup. The marina offers a few places to do so. They include The Sea Garden meeting and event space, which has terraces right on the water. They further include the Blue Wave bar and the crew lounge, the latter with terrific views, too.
Additionally, the Preferred Marina for Superyachts designation means Marina Port Vell can offer official event merchandise. It’s creating shopping space especially for this purpose. Finally, the marina managers are working with the race organizers and BWA Yachting, the Official Superyacht Services partner, on the overall America’s Cup Superyacht Program. Based on previous programs, the 2024 program could include a superyacht regatta, among other exclusive events.
Slips are available to book through BWA Yachting.
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