Clipper Race officials had a date with Downing Street this week to discuss the possibility of a GREAT Britain entry in the next edition of the race. Clipper Ventures Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and CEO William Ward were invited to present the opportunity to leading UK brands at a special meeting arranged by the Prime Minister’s office at Number 10.
Sports and Tourism Minister, the Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP stated, “For 17 years the Clipper Race has played a leading role in promoting British sailing and is now a core asset for British business internationally. We have experienced a truly memorable 2012, and it is organisations like this that will continue to push our sporting prowess.
“This is a unique opportunity, bringing together our sporting legacy with some of the strongest and most vibrant British brands. I look forward to seeing a GREAT Britain yacht launch in 2013.”
The project aims to attract ten lead partners to sponsor a GREAT Britain branded yacht over the next two years and participate in a global promotion campaign that will link up with UK trade and tourism global marketing initiatives.
“I’ve been proud to support the GREAT Britain campaign during our Olympic year and for the Clipper Race to fly the flag around the world,” said Clipper Ventures Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the launch at Downing Street. “Promoting GREAT British brands on a GREAT Britain branded boat as a legacy project in the next Clipper Race is an exciting prospect,”
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