We want this edition to be available for everyone. And with the Barcelona “brand”, as a pioneering city in many areas, we want to leave our mark on the competition for those who follow it.
And now we have a team from here, with national captains for young people and women. Our intention is to get “fans” of sailing!
And how could we involve the whole Barcelona ecosystem more in an event like this? And, on the other hand, how can we make the AC more connected to the city and, in particular, to the nature of the neighbourhoods closest to the Port?
We have involved all the public bodies, but we know that it will not produce results in the short term, although little by little the neighbourhoods are getting involved. Obviously, Barceloneta is the one with the strongest roots and links to the sea. We are open to receiving and developing actions that democratically allow this sporting activity to be accessible to everyone.
We must succeed in generating a new seafaring tradition.
Will the AC bring new lines of training and companies that will settle in areas such as La Barceloneta on a permanent basis, with activities and trades related to the sea and the nautical sector back to Barcelona?
Yes, it is understood as a city objective. Let’s hope that this is the case thanks to the ecosystem created around the competition, allowing everyone to benefit: local commerce, industry, employment, training, and services, either directly or indirectly.
If all parties, public and private, get involved, we can be the benchmark city for sailing beyond our territory.
We, as part of AC, are the main actors, but not the only ones.
We already have some local social actors like Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Activa, Disseny Hub or Barcelona Tourism, and obviously the Port of Barcelona, involved. Who else can we expect to be an active part of it?
These are the bodies that have helped us to get the project off the ground, as was logical. But from now on, we have to reach out to all the necessary levels and bring what will be done here closer to more neighbourhoods: sailing schools, federations, nearby and not so nearby municipalities… to rediscover our seafaring tradition, which perhaps we haven’t taken as much care of as it deserves. An anecdote: a few days ago, an older man walking around (Imax building site) asked us what we were doing. And he offered to explain to the young people from the schools who came to visit the AC Experience how his fishermen grandfathers practised sports on the Barceloneta beach, and we took good note. This is what we want, that is exactly what we tell the protagonists of the privileged place where we are.
Have the entities that are closest to Port been taken into account when seeking different opinions and have they been invited into the decision-making process and offer them collaboration? In other words, what return or benefit will be left as a legacy in neighbourhoods such as La Barceloneta?
We cannot forget that we are talking about the AC, which is a sporting competition with its management. But they are the first ones who want everyone to be satisfied with the success and the image of the event, as well as the neighbourhood and the city that hosts them.
What we set in motion should have an immediate return to schools, organisations, local businesses and citizens.
We do not speak of overcrowding of visitors, we believe that we will attract more people from neighbourhoods and nearby towns, in proportion. And those who come from outside, we think, will be people who love sailing and who have a small boat or a zodiac, rather than large yacht owners.
Let it be known that the technicians in the work, in the design and in the technology are all from Barcelona… well, except for one who is from Vic!
Everything points to the AC being a competition that will position Barcelona as a benchmark for large-scale sporting events and once again make us feel proud of the city.
We will present an innovative Barcelona and reinforce the image of a powerful technological territory through all available media. We will take advantage of the media power of the AC to show that Barcelona is a leader in many disciplines.
The AC Experience is expected to be a state-of-the-art technology space, could it be continued beyond AC2024?
Hehe! Continuity does not depend on us. However, technologically, both what we show and what we explain is clearly cutting-edge. We have designed a transgressive space of exceptional power and which, moreover, we believe achieves the challenge of dissemination that we had set ourselves.
The AC is nautical competition, it is technology, it is sustainability and many more things that we will explain. You will have to come and see it!
Finally, we won’t put you under the obligation to tell us who you think will win the 37th edition of the AC, but do you think it’s crazy to think of a Barcelona team in the AC in the future?
Hehehe! I don’t know who will win, but there are betting pools. As you know, the venue for the next edition is chosen by the winner of the competition. And if Barcelona is chosen again, the next day we’ll be thinking about how to improve the experience even more.
And why not have a team of our own! It would be the way to get more social players to think about getting involved and investing in the territory.
Well, Enric, we are still months away from the AC, but we hope to see the new developments that the AC Experience will surely be able to present to us soon.
Cheers and have a good trip!