America's Cup World Series Event Portsmouth, UK
The Premier and Minister of National Security, the Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP, MP, attended the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, UK from 24th through 27th July, 2015. Also in attendance was the Minister of Economic Development, Dr. the Hon. Grant Gibbons, who has Cabinet responsibility for Bermuda's America's Cup preparations, and representatives of ACBDA, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Corporation of Hamilton, all who will have responsibility for planning and hosting an America's Cup World Series Event in Hamilton, in October, 2015.
The visit served to outline for the Bermuda team all that will be required of Bermuda to host the event in Bermuda later this year. While in Portsmouth, the Premier met with representatives of the America's Cup Event Authority, America's Cup major sponsors, and the Mayors of Portsmouth and Gothenberg, Sweden, other America's Cup World Series Host cities. The event provided a unique opportunity for the Premier and the entire Bermuda Team to promote Bermuda as host for not only the America's Cup World Series, but for the ultimate America's Cup Finals, scheduled for Bermuda in June, 2017.
The Premier's accommodation, ground transportation and meals were covered by ACBDA.
The Premier was accompanied by the Secretary to the Cabinet.