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Port Celebrates 10th Anniversary International Regatta
Monday 21st May 2007

The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating reaching its 10th Anniversary of sponsoring the Port of Felixstowe International Regatta. This year’s event, to be held over the weekend of 26 – 28 May, is expected to be the most popular and competitive Regatta yet.

Jointly organised by Haven Ports Yacht Club, Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, and Royal Harwich Yacht Club, and held at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, the Regatta has become one of the East Coast’s premier sailing events.

Competitors are expected from the continent as well as throughout the UK, and numbers are expected to top all previous years. The standard of competition has risen significantly since the Regatta was first conceived.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer for Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of the Port of Felixstowe commented:

“The event has grown in stature over the years to become one of the East Coast’s premier sailing events. Leisure traffic co-exist with the commercial traffic in Harwich Harbour, and we are proud of the close links the Port of Felixstowe has developed with this prestigious competition”.

Regatta Organising Committee Chairman, Nigel Mower, added:

“The three clubs involved in the organisation of the Regatta are extremely proud of its success. With the Port of Felixstowe’s support it has become a leading fixture in the annual sailing calendar. A great deal of hard work goes into the event each year, and the fact that competitors seem to return year after year is testament to the excellent racing that the Regatta provides”.

There is still plenty of time for additional entries, and anyone interested in taking part should contact the Organising Committee Chairman, or go to the Regatta website at www.pofr.org.
In addition to the racing, there is also an extensive social programme attached to the Regatta, with food, drink, and live entertainment in the evenings. The official Regatta prizegiving takes place on the Monday afternoon, including the presentation of the ‘Hutchison Ports Cup’ for the most meritorious performance.

The racing will take place in Dovercourt Bay, over the weekend of 26th – 28th May, and will feature five races. Prizes are awarded on the basis of each competitor’s best four races.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information on the Regatta, or to request attendance for filming or to take photographs, please contact Nigel Mower, Regatta Organising Committee Chairman, on Tel. No.: +44 (0)1473 780397, Mobile: 07803 038672, or E-mail: chairman@pofr.org

For further information please contact Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 59.3 million TEU in 2006.
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