Flotilla off to sell Clipper return at London Boat Show

Aoife McHale, Visit Derry, Business & Leisure Tourism Officer.
Aoife McHale, Visit Derry, Business & Leisure Tourism Officer.

A flotilla of delegates from Londonderry will be at the London Boat Show (January 8-17), in an effort to press gang the assembled salts and shellbacks into setting sail for the highly anticipated Clipper Round the World Yacht Race stopover and Foyle Maritime Festival which will be hosted in the city from July 9-17 this year.

Aoife McHale, Business and Leisure Tourism Officer at Visit Derry said: “Interest from the sailing industry continues to grow year upon year and exhibiting at the London Boat Show is an excellent opportunity to promote the our idyllic location, linking UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant’s Causeway with the spectacular scenery of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as our close proximity to Scotland.

“Visiting sailors can enjoy a wide range of activities including guided tours of the 17th century walled city, museums and cultural experiences as well as a fantastic events calendar. 2016 has been themed as ‘Year of Food and Drink’ and we certainly offer our visitors plenty of places to refuel after a busy days sailing.”

John Pollock, CEO Loughs Agency, said: “The event will capitalise on Loughs Agency’s investment in pontoon facilities in the city centre as well as at Greencastle”.

Captain Bill McCann, Harbour Master at Foyle Port said: “There is no doubt that the city’s Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Stopover and Foyle Maritime Festival has firmly established itself as one of the best in-port events on the global Clipper circuit. We look forward to welcoming the race and festival back to Foyle Port Marina this summer.”

The Mayor, Elisha McCallion said: “The Boat Show attracts a huge audience of people who are interested in maritime activity and is the ideal location for us to promote our tourism offering, our maritime facilities and our up and coming Foyle Maritime Festival.”