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Council signs up to be part of exciting Yacht Cruising Route project

15 May 2015

Derry City and Strabane District Council has agreed to participate in the Cool Route Project that is being developed to establish a Yacht Cruising Route between Cork and the Arctic Circle areas of Norway in an effort to promote its maritime tourism offering.

Members of the Council’s Business and Culture Committee gave their approval for the Council to enter a partnership arrangement with a range of partners including Donegal County Council, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Glasgow Caledonian University, Blue Seas Marinas Glasgow, Port Authority of Torshavn Faroe Islands and the Western Norway Research Institute as part of the three year project.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Elisha McCallion explained that Council’s involvement in the Cool Route Project – Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 degrees North - would allow the Council to develop Lough Foyle as a maritime destination and help promote ongoing maritime initiatives such as Sail West, Cruise North West, the Clipper Race sponsorship, the Wild Atlantic Way and the Foyle Maritime Festival.

She said: “Derry City and Strabane District Council is very focused on promoting the city and region’s maritime offering and we are keen to look at new ways to utilise our waterfront and rivers to encourage investment and tourism.  By being part of this initiative we will be involved in dialogue with all service providers, tourism interests and interested stakeholders along the route  that will greatly benefit us in being part of this hugely exciting maritime tourism project.”

Aeidin McCarter, Investment and Enterprise Development Officer with the Council explained that the total value of the project to Derry City and Strabane District Council over the three year period is €204,541.64 with 65% funding under the Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area (NPA) Programme and delivered by the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

She explained that the Cool Route Project is a strategic initiative aimed at developing a yacht cruising route stretching across the coastline of the NPA.

She said: “It is significant that Council recognises the importance of being part of the initiative that will help promote our natural resources and assets and be part of a Cool Route coastline with one of the most scenic cruising grounds and highly secure waters to voyage over long distances.”