Southampton not bidding to host prestigious sailing race

Daily Echo: City not bidding to host prestigious sailing race City not bidding to host prestigious sailing race

IT IS ONE of the world’s most prestigious – and toughest – sailing events.

But the Clipper Race, which finished on Saturday, will not be returning to Southampton any time soon.

After failing to bid for this year’s event, council chiefs say there is not enough money in the coffers to bid to host the world-class race.

The price tag to host the event stands at half a million pounds – a mere tenth of the money the event is expected to generate for the local economy.

But the decision has brought criticism from business leaders and sailing world enthusiasts who say it is another blow for the city that once prided itself on being known as the ‘Home of Ocean Sailing’.

Instead it was London and mayor Boris Johnson that enjoyed the glory of hosting the spectacular finish of the event on Saturday, with the boats sailing under Tower Bridge and past the mayor’s glittering city hall.

It comes after Southampton lost out to Portsmouth in the battle to host Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup base.

However, there will be one prestigious race event taking place in Southampton this year that might help ease the pain of losing the Clipper.

The Global Ocean Race will see a fleet of yachts set off from the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September on a 30,000-mile journey that will see them visit five continents over the course of eight gruelling months.

Hosting it will also cost the council nothing after they were offered it by race organisers last year.

Speaking about the failure to bid for the Clipper Race, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stewart Dunn said the city has missed out on an opportunity.

He said: “I think it is a shame. I understand the financial position, but it would have certainly helped bring visitors and wealth to the economy.

“I think every time we do not go for things like this it undermines our creditability.”

Even more damning was sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the most famous name in the marine business and Clipper Race founder.

He said Southampton had great facilities and was capable of hosting such an event, but it was up to the city to bid.

But council leader Cllr Simon Letts said cutbacks meant priorities were with frontline services.

He said: “We have a big black hole and if I went to the public and said a private sector group want to host an event for one weekend for £250,000, I think there would be questions asked.”

But Conservative opposition leader, Royston Smith, believes the city may now struggle to attract top-drawer events.

He said: “The council may not have the money, but we know that the Clipper Race brings economic benefits so we need to be a bit more creative.

“This is an opportunity for the council, the chamber and businesses, as opposed to just having the attitude that ‘we won’t get it so why bother’.”

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5:48am Tue 15 Jul 14

Peoples Choice says...

How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on
How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on Peoples Choice
  • Score: 10

6:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

bigfella777 says...

What a disgrace this labour council has become.
What a disgrace this labour council has become. bigfella777
  • Score: 9

6:26am Tue 15 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

To all you squinnying about the council not bidding for this race . . Where would the money come from? What other services would would you but to fund it?
To all you squinnying about the council not bidding for this race . . Where would the money come from? What other services would would you but to fund it? KSO16R
  • Score: 8

8:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

saint61 says...

labour council.............
....you are a disgrace to this City
labour council............. ....you are a disgrace to this City saint61
  • Score: 2

9:50am Tue 15 Jul 14

FreemantleJamez says...

crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting! FreemantleJamez
  • Score: 2

10:20am Tue 15 Jul 14

Linesman says...

FreemantleJamez wrote:
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found.

We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?
[quote][p][bold]FreemantleJamez[/bold] wrote: crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting![/p][/quote]With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found. We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you? Linesman
  • Score: -2

10:27am Tue 15 Jul 14

George4th says...

Linesman wrote:
FreemantleJamez wrote:
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found.

We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?
Southampton = No Ambition!
Southampton = No Aspiration!

Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton?

For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone!
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreemantleJamez[/bold] wrote: crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting![/p][/quote]With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found. We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?[/p][/quote]Southampton = No Ambition! Southampton = No Aspiration! Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton? For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone! George4th
  • Score: 3

11:15am Tue 15 Jul 14

Woolston ollie says...

Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more
Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more Woolston ollie
  • Score: 3

11:27am Tue 15 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Makes you smile dont it ......
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QUOTE ;- But Conservative opposition leader, Royston Smith, believes the city may now struggle to attract top-drawer events.

He said: “The council may not have the money, but we know that the Clipper Race brings economic benefits so we need to be a bit more creative.
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The last time Cllr Smith was creative we ended up with a White Elephant that EVERY taxpayer in this City is still paying off as it doesnt even break even .......... That doesnt include the £10m that was used from the taxpayer either .......
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No Cllr ...... i dont think that this Council should be taking your advice on being creative ........... Your lasting legacy is quite sufficient ...
Makes you smile dont it ...... . QUOTE ;- But Conservative opposition leader, Royston Smith, believes the city may now struggle to attract top-drawer events. He said: “The council may not have the money, but we know that the Clipper Race brings economic benefits so we need to be a bit more creative. . The last time Cllr Smith was creative we ended up with a White Elephant that EVERY taxpayer in this City is still paying off as it doesnt even break even .......... That doesnt include the £10m that was used from the taxpayer either ....... . No Cllr ...... i dont think that this Council should be taking your advice on being creative ........... Your lasting legacy is quite sufficient ... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

11:37am Tue 15 Jul 14

southy says...

George4th wrote:
Linesman wrote:
FreemantleJamez wrote:
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found.

We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?
Southampton = No Ambition!
Southampton = No Aspiration!

Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton?

For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone!
The young do stay they are trap here, as for entrepreneurs they tend not to have a clue, they are only in it for the money
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreemantleJamez[/bold] wrote: crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting![/p][/quote]With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found. We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?[/p][/quote]Southampton = No Ambition! Southampton = No Aspiration! Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton? For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone![/p][/quote]The young do stay they are trap here, as for entrepreneurs they tend not to have a clue, they are only in it for the money southy
  • Score: -1

11:39am Tue 15 Jul 14

southy says...

FreemantleJamez wrote:
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
Why is it what we needs, in reality its not this race do not stay in one place it changes locations all the time, think about it you pay for the race to come here the once and that is it for awhile last time it was here the city lost out on finaces
[quote][p][bold]FreemantleJamez[/bold] wrote: crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting![/p][/quote]Why is it what we needs, in reality its not this race do not stay in one place it changes locations all the time, think about it you pay for the race to come here the once and that is it for awhile last time it was here the city lost out on finaces southy
  • Score: -2

11:48am Tue 15 Jul 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

I've never liked the cheesy marketing of Southampton as the 'home of ocean sailing' which appeals mainly to people who don't live here but hope to afford one day to own a Sunseeker which thay can moor in Ocean Village, Lymington, Hythe etc. I'd much rather we focus on the City as a home of discovery - emphasizing our maritime trading traditions as well as our excellent universities.

The Sea City museum seemed a great idea at the time (i.e. to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic) but this Conservative vanity project cost a lot of money to build and is now losing revenue at an alarming rate. The same people who brought this to you now suggest that our cash-strapped Council should throw money on advertising agencies to host yacht racing competitions for the rich. I take this with a large grain of salt. The sums of money being bandied about by the likes of Royston Smith would equate to a couple of libraries, Sure Start centres or old people's homes.

Would it not be better to seek investment in cultural events that can tell our proud story to the world?. How about the 600th anniversary of Azincourt next year? Or - a big prize this stateside - the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers in 2020 before those upstarts in Plymouth, Boston (Lincs.) and Rotterdam/ Delfthaven steal our thunder?
I've never liked the cheesy marketing of Southampton as the 'home of ocean sailing' which appeals mainly to people who don't live here but hope to afford one day to own a Sunseeker which thay can moor in Ocean Village, Lymington, Hythe etc. I'd much rather we focus on the City as a home of discovery - emphasizing our maritime trading traditions as well as our excellent universities. The Sea City museum seemed a great idea at the time (i.e. to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic) but this Conservative vanity project cost a lot of money to build and is now losing revenue at an alarming rate. The same people who brought this to you now suggest that our cash-strapped Council should throw money on advertising agencies to host yacht racing competitions for the rich. I take this with a large grain of salt. The sums of money being bandied about by the likes of Royston Smith would equate to a couple of libraries, Sure Start centres or old people's homes. Would it not be better to seek investment in cultural events that can tell our proud story to the world?. How about the 600th anniversary of Azincourt next year? Or - a big prize this stateside - the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers in 2020 before those upstarts in Plymouth, Boston (Lincs.) and Rotterdam/ Delfthaven steal our thunder? FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 4

11:48am Tue 15 Jul 14

southy says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more
Southampton is never been known for yachts sailing unless your talking about 100 plus years ago with the square riggers, Southampton was world wide known as a Shipping Port and it was the British Merchant Navy that spread the good word about Southampton, Even Millbrook and Redbridge was world known back in the 60's and 70's as this was where most of the seamen came from at that time.
It is Cows that is world wide known for yachts sailing
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more[/p][/quote]Southampton is never been known for yachts sailing unless your talking about 100 plus years ago with the square riggers, Southampton was world wide known as a Shipping Port and it was the British Merchant Navy that spread the good word about Southampton, Even Millbrook and Redbridge was world known back in the 60's and 70's as this was where most of the seamen came from at that time. It is Cows that is world wide known for yachts sailing southy
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Linesman says...

George4th wrote:
Linesman wrote:
FreemantleJamez wrote:
crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting!
With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found.

We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?
Southampton = No Ambition!
Southampton = No Aspiration!

Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton?

For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone!
You missed out

Southampton = No money, thanks to drastic cuts in government grants and money 'poured down the drain' by Royston Smith & Co.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreemantleJamez[/bold] wrote: crazy, this is exactly the sort of event the city should be hosting![/p][/quote]With the city already having to make cuts to some of even the basic services, before criticising them for not funding this event, perhaps you could suggest which other services be cut so that the money for this 'prestige event' could be found. We are already suffering from Royston Smith's 'Prestige' White Elephant. Is that not enough for you?[/p][/quote]Southampton = No Ambition! Southampton = No Aspiration! Why do you think the young, the entrepreneurs and the well educated do not stay in Southampton? For far too long we have had too many Labour councils with not one ounce of commercial sense therefore we have nothing to offer anyone![/p][/quote]You missed out Southampton = No money, thanks to drastic cuts in government grants and money 'poured down the drain' by Royston Smith & Co. Linesman
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Tue 15 Jul 14

saint61 says...

southy wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more
Southampton is never been known for yachts sailing unless your talking about 100 plus years ago with the square riggers, Southampton was world wide known as a Shipping Port and it was the British Merchant Navy that spread the good word about Southampton, Even Millbrook and Redbridge was world known back in the 60's and 70's as this was where most of the seamen came from at that time.
It is Cows that is world wide known for yachts sailing
SOUTHY :

COWES with an E mate!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Welcome to Southampton NOT THE HOME OF OCEAN SAILING you got to laugh Southampton is know the world over for sailing. Not any more[/p][/quote]Southampton is never been known for yachts sailing unless your talking about 100 plus years ago with the square riggers, Southampton was world wide known as a Shipping Port and it was the British Merchant Navy that spread the good word about Southampton, Even Millbrook and Redbridge was world known back in the 60's and 70's as this was where most of the seamen came from at that time. It is Cows that is world wide known for yachts sailing[/p][/quote]SOUTHY : COWES with an E mate! saint61
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

Peoples Choice wrote:
How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on
Haha not likely! Milton Keynes has a snow dome and a newly refurbished ice rink! Southampton will NEVER be like Milton Keynes!
[quote][p][bold]Peoples Choice[/bold] wrote: How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on[/p][/quote]Haha not likely! Milton Keynes has a snow dome and a newly refurbished ice rink! Southampton will NEVER be like Milton Keynes! 03alpe01
  • Score: -3

1:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Peoples Choice wrote:
How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on
He doesn't
[quote][p][bold]Peoples Choice[/bold] wrote: How Simon Letts can make decisions for a City as great as ours is beyond me. The plum couldn't teach science to 14 year olds at Bellemoor and had not one iota of respect from any member of his tutor group. This city will soon be like Milton Keynes - All concrete with nothing going on[/p][/quote]He doesn't Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

9:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Barrack Room Lawyer says...

When will the Conservative Party realise that local councils need cash for local services and local investment. Their policy of transferring our money from local councils to Global Banks only benefits one group people - their friends.
When will the Conservative Party realise that local councils need cash for local services and local investment. Their policy of transferring our money from local councils to Global Banks only benefits one group people - their friends. Barrack Room Lawyer
  • Score: 1
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