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Plymouth prepares to welcome Route des Princes yacht race

image captionThe transatlantic race - stopping in Plymouth - is open to yachts over 50 ft (15m)

Plymouth has been included as a stopover in a new 3,045-mile transatlantic yacht race, this summer.

Route des Princes will see yachts - measuring at least 50 ft (15m) long - race between France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Ireland.

A giant 80 ft (24m) "maxi yacht" will be among the "10 enormous multi-hulls" that will stop over in Plymouth, say the race organisers.

The event will begin on 9 June and will reach Plymouth between June 26 - 29.

City waterfront manager Sarah O'Leary, said it would be a "fantastic spectacle" and was "really excited" about it coming to Plymouth Sound.

Councillor Peter Smith, deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "It will be great to see big multi-hulls back in Plymouth Sound.

"Events such as the America's Cup attracted many thousands of visitors to the city and the Route des Princes will be a really exciting addition to this summer's event calendar."

According to a study conducted by Social, Economic and Market Research at Plymouth University, the America's Cup yacht racing event last February brought in £9.1m for Plymouth's economy.

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