The INEOS Britannia team will extend its stay in Mallorca to prepare for the America’s Cup sailing competition08/05/2023
The INEOS Britannia team, which is finalising its preparations in Palma for the 37th edition of the America’s Cup in 2024 in Barcelona, will extend its stay in Mallorca for three more years to prepare for future editions of the competition, as its leaders have told the Minister for the Economic Model, Tourism, Employment, Iago Negueruela, during a meeting held today in Palma. At the same time, the meeting, which was also attended by the Director General of Tourism, Isabel Vidal, and the President of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), Jaume Colom, served to make progress on a protocol of intentions aimed at Mallorca becoming the permanent headquarters of Ineos Britannia in the future to prepare for the America’s Cup. During the meeting, the members of INEOS Britannia expressed their intention for Palma to become its permanent headquarters and praised the “magnificent port infrastructures, the port’s smooth connections with the main cities in Europe and the conditions offered by its bay throughout the year”. In addition, as a result of this commitment to Mallorca, they also expressed their willingness to open avenues of collaboration in training for staff linked to the maritime industry, which will further strengthen ties with the UK, and continue to focus on nautical training, as well as on the relationship with technology companies in Mallorca. After the meeting, Negueruela highlighted the interest shown by the team to extend their stay in Palma, which will serve to “continue to support nautical training and a complement to recreational boating” in the Balearic Islands. During the meeting, Jaume Colom for the APB showed his willingness to continue in the port of Palma as no details were presented of any location that might be compatible with the reorganisation of port activities planned for the coming years. INEOS’ CEO, Sir Ben Ainslie, declared that “Palma has been a great sailing training base for INEOS Britannia since we arrived on the island last summer. We have built strong relationships and feel the strong support of the local community”. “The possibility of establishing a sailing headquarters in Palma presents a great opportunity and we look forward to continuing to provide a platform that can increase jobs across the island,” he added. The INEOS Britannia team includes Mallorcans Miguel Sánchez Cuenca (physicist and meteorologist) and Elvira Llabrés (computer engineer).