‘Feel The Noise’-

International Power boating Race Launches in Dublin City - Venture World Cup 2016

Dublin City’s Custom Quay was the host today for guests and celebrities as they gathered to launch Venture World Cup Ireland 2016.

Having won the right to host the world’s most exciting festival of powerboat racing which promises to fire Irish imaginations and put the county on the map as a global marine event organiser, the Venture World Cup was officially launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

The race, which takes place in Ireland in June, will see 25 of the world’s best teams battling it out over seven days of incredible action on the water in a spectacle only matched by the party in each of the ports on route.

Todays launch saw a bevvy of well known names join the Lord Mayor on Dublin’s Docklands to ‘Feel the Noise’, including, Hotelier and RTE’s John Brennan, and Channel 4’s SAS Dare to Win Anthony Middleton, who all came together to witness the spectacular site of three world class powerboats come roaring into Dublin’s quays.

An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh commenting on the event said: “Hosting the final stages of the Venture World Cup in Dublin promises to be a highlight in the city’s calendar of events for 2016. As host partner, Dublin City Council looks forward to working with the Venture Cup Team and Dublin Port to deliver a unique shore based festival experience to complement the spectacular water sport activity in Dublin Bay.

I am delighted to welcome the 25 teams taking part in this prestigious sporting event, which will showcase Dublin's capacity for hosting international sporting events yet again to a global audience. Tugaim fáilte roimh gach duine chuig Baile Átha Cliath don ócáid speisialta seo

Billed as the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race, ‘Venture World Cup’ features the biggest, loudest and fastest boats in the world. Crewing them, alongside the top names in the sport, are big names not normally associated with the sea - names such as male supermodel David Gandy and motorsport legend Bruno Senna.

The epic adventure begins in Cork on June 10th, and will take in many of Ireland’s coastal towns along the journey to the finish line in Dublin on June 19th.

The organisers have chosen Ireland, and it’s Wild Atlantic Way as the venue for the race as it offers some of the most challenging and demanding racing in the world. Racing for 200 miles a day, the event will stop in Dingle, Galway, Killybegs and Belfast.

According to Venture Racing Director, and multiple world powerboat racing champion, Peter Dredge, “This is going to push teams and their raceboats to the absolute limit. The wild Atlantic coast of Ireland is no place for the faint-hearted, and only the bravest and best prepared will succeed.

Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Simon Coveney described the advantage of events such as Venture World Cup “The event will link up so many of the coastal towns of this island. This will be one of the biggest events the country will witness this summer, and it will capture both the imaginations of Irish people and those wishing to visit the country this Summer. It’s not only a high end offshore power boating race, but a major international spectacle which will put Ireland on the map for big marine-based events.”

As part of the launch proceedings it was announced that the charity founded Haven Chairman and, Chairman of Independent News and Media (INM) Plc. Haven would become the Global Charity partner for Venture World Cup. Haven works solely in Haiti, empowering Haitians to build strong and sustainable livelihoods. Haven is working tirelessly on the ground providing shelter, access to clean water and employment opportunities to thousands of struggling families.

Leslie Buckley, Founder and Chairman of Haven said: "Haven is delighted to be chosen as the Global Charity partner of the Venture Cup, which is a tremendously innovative and exciting sporting event destined to bring the international sporting spot light to Ireland. This is a huge honor for Haven and will allow us to reach a new platform to raise vital funds for our extensive work on the ground in Haiti, which needs ongoing substantial funding and support to continue."

The epic seven days of racing will finish in Dublin, a celebration of epic proportions awaits. Over 500,000 spectators are expected to fill Dublin’s docklands and Dublin Bay for daytime racing, and evening parties from June 17th-19th 2016

Failte Ireland will be supporting the Venture World Cup as on of their key events in Ireland this summer "Fáilte Ireland is delighted to support the 2016 Venture Cup in what is sure to be an eventful and thrilling race. International events such as this are not only an important draw for overseas visitors, they also provide an incredible opportunity to attract future visitors to Ireland as scenes from the race are broadcast across the globe. This year as the teams navigate their way through the breath-taking Wild Atlantic Way before arriving in Dublin's action-packed coast we have no doubt that visitors and viewers alike will see that Ireland has something to offer that is unlike any other destination. We look forward to welcoming the teams, their crews, families and friends in June.

While the action will be on the high seas, and the celebrations will be in some of Ireland’s best cities and towns, Minister Simon Coveney believes the international spotlight will significantly boost Ireland’s blue economy, bringing jobs and tourism to the country as well as showcasing Ireland’s incredible coastline. “The technology involved in an event such as this further showcases the development and research currently being carried out in marine-based events, and Ireland will be at the forefront of this Industry.

On so many levels this is an incredibly positive event for Ireland and we are very lucky to be able to host it in 2016. The Venture World Cup offers us another opportunity to demonstrate everything Ireland can offer as a sports-tourism destination, a centre for marine-based excellence, and a spotlight on our magnificent Wild Atlantic Way to the rest of the world. I am truly looking forward to being part of Venture Cup Ireland 2016.”