The Boat Show was officially opened this morning by King Felipe VI. The King visited the Olympic Port stand, which will serve to inform the public of its transformation. He was accompanied by the First Deputy Mayor and Chair of B:SM, Jaume Collboni, and the Councillor for Sport, David Escudé, among other officials.
The Olympic Port has organised a series of talks and roundtables between now and Sunday to present the transformation it is undergoing: a process led by Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (B:SM) on behalf of Barcelona City Council. This is the Port’s first appearance at the Show since Barcelona City Council took over running it.
Following yesterday’s activities, which focused on the Olympic Port’s firm commitment to sustainability, tomorrow (Friday) at 11.30 am, the stand will host a presentation of the blue economy model being driven by the Port and explain how this fits in with the city’s commitment to promote this economic sector. The presentation will be headed by Olga Cerezo, Director of the Olympic Port, and Anna Majó, Director of Business Innovation Projects at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency which is behind the strategy to promote this sector. Representatives of some of the businesses currently working in this area of activity will also be taking part.
Later on, in the afternoon, the Barcelona Institute of Sports will talk about the project to refurbish the Municipal Sailing Centre currently being developed and its strategy to encourage the public to take up water sports.
The day after, Saturday 15 October, at 12 noon, it will be time to explain the role that the Olympic Port will play during the 37th edition of the America’s Cup as the base for the youth and women’s regattas. The organisers of this prestigious event and representatives of the Barcelona Capital Nàutica Foundation will be in attendance. The act will end with a conversation between Guillermo, head of SailTeam BCN, created specially for the America’s Cup in Barcelona, and Olympic yachtswoman Natalia Via-Dufrense. Together, they will analyse the need to promote new sailing talent and the challenges faced by women in this sport at competition level.
On Saturday afternoon, numerous companies from the nautical sector that operate at the Olympic Port will also be present at the Port’s stand, and until Sunday, visitors will be able to see first-hand how the transformation of this iconic Barcelona landmark is progressing.
Finally, at 12 noon on Sunday, there will be a presentation of the 20th Ophiusa Regatta, an event that brings together the Catalan coast and the island of Formentera and which will be starting from the Olympic Port for the second year running.