Rib Charter /Major Event Rib Support
Case study - America's Cup
Solent Rib Charter is proud to be the official Rib Charter Supplier for European venues of the America's Cup. Recent regattas have included Plymouth in 2011 and Portsmouth in both 2015 and 2016. Over 2000 spectator boats and 248,000 shoreside spectators watched Sir Ben Ainslie's Landrover B.A.R team win both Portsmouth events.
The America's Cup is the world’s most prestigious international sailing event with a rich and controversial history. The race began in 1851 and the Cup is the oldest sporting trophy in the world.
Now an epic race series touring the globe with 45’ catamarans raced by the world’s top sailors, the event is the sailing equivalent of Formula 1. The series vies with the Extreme 40’ series (who have also appointed Solent Rib Charter as their official supplier).
In Plymouth we operated with ten Ribs and crew on a variety of tasks over ten days including; race team support, media boats, VIP boats and even towing the advertising hoardings!
We had circa thirty boats operational for each regatta. Our boats were used by race officers, for the VIP 'guest chaser ' boats, team boats, media boats and VIP boats. We even installed the pontoon system in the event village to enable the Trimarans to moor alongside.
What did Americas Cup Race Management think?
"Superb Service - each event was a fantastic success and part of that success was your fantastic service and support. As usual Solent Rib Charter supplied extremely well presented boats, professional crew and a superb service, thanks very much, it was a pleasure working with you again".