Crown Estate confirmed as latest Host Port Sponsor

The Crown Estate is the latest organisation to be confirmed by organisers as a sponsor, providing a further £10,000 towards the event’s overall sponsorship target of £400,000.

As the most recent company to become involved in The Tall Ship Races 2011–Lerwick, The Crown Estate joins a number of businesses including Lerwick Port Authority, Peterson SBS, Shetland Catch, Sullom Voe Terminal partners, Petrofac, Total E&P UK and partner DONG Energy.

The new deal brings the event a valuable step closer to achieving the full sponsorship needed to deliver the four day event which takes place in Shetland from 21 – 24 July 2011.

The Crown Estate is committed to the stewardship of its estate, which includes extensive marine assets throughout the UK, over half of the foreshore and all the seabed out to the 12 nautical miles limit.

Paul Bancks, The Crown Estate's Coastal Manager in Scotland, said: We are delighted to be supporting this exciting event which provides outstanding opportunities for young people and a welcome boost for the tourism industry."

The Tall Ships Races 2011, presented by Szczecin, organised by Sail Training International, starts in Waterford, Ireland on 30 June, with vessels racing to Scotland, calling at Greenock and then taking the Cruise in Company leg to Shetland. Lerwick will then host the Ships for four fun-packed days before the start of Race Two sailing to Stavanger in Norway.

Fiona Dally, project manager for The Tall Ships Races 2011–Lerwick, said: "The Tall Ships Races 2011–Lerwick is set to be the biggest event in Shetland's calendar and we're delighted that The Crown Estate is supporting us in attracting thousands of visitors to the Northern Isles in 2011."

For more information on becoming a sponsor click here