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OC Sport expands with new London office to complement Paris, Lausanne and Cowes

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OC Sport, the global sports marketing and events company that specialises in professional sailing and outdoor events, has opened its second UK office, with a new premises in London to complement the “original” base in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Outside of the UK, OC Sport continues to maintain offices in France and Switzerland, with plans to extend operations to China and the US in the coming months.

The London office, on the south bank of the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges, and within walking distance of Waterloo station, will initially be used by the OC Sport commercial team, allowing them to operate at the centre of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

“These are exciting times, and we are focusing on new areas of opportunity and business development,” commented Chief Operating Officer Matt Holden. “London is an important place for us to be, both from a commercial point of view, and from a networking perspective. It’s where a lot of our existing partners are, and where a lot of the companies we want to work with in the future operate.”

With London on-stream, the 90-strong OC Sport team is now operating from four strategically-placed offices from where it delivers 22 sporting events in professional sailing, amateur cycling, road running and trail running across the world each year.

The Paris based-team, OC Sport Pen Duick, is currently in the midst of delivering the 47th edition of one of solo sailing’s premier events, the Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro – a four-stage grand-prix regarded as the unofficial world championship of solo offshore racing.

Fittingly, the 39-strong Figaro fleet departed Cowes earlier this week, home of both OC Sport and the Artemis Offshore Academy, a training centre for British offshore sailors run by OC Sport’s Cowes team, which has eight-skippers entered in the race. Last weekend also saw another of OC Sport’s events on UK waters, as the Extreme Sailing Series™ transformed Cardiff Bay over four days of spectacular racing in a “stadium” setting.

Now in its tenth year, the Extreme Sailing Series has adopted a new boat – the flying GC32 hydro-foiling catamaran – that dazzled thousands of spectators who came out to watch its first appearance on UK waters this weekend. Next stop for the fleet is Hamburg, as the European part of the Extreme Sailing Series global tour continues. Further afield, the OC Sport Swiss office has just completed a successful test event in amateur cycle racing for the inaugural Mavic Haute Route Rockies, with Boulder and Colorado Springs as the start and finish venues.

This is the first US edition of the world’s highest and most prestigious amateur cycling event that features week-long timed and ranked races in the Alps, the Dolomites and the Pyrenees. Following the successful test event in the US, OC Sport will deliver the full Haute Route experience in the Rockies in the summer of 2017, allowing 500 riders from all over America and the rest of the world to “ride like a pro” and experience some of Colorado’s most iconic climbs.

And that’s just in the last week…

The team is now looking ahead to the second half of 2016, with 10 events and 47 days of competition, across 31 host venues still to be delivered.

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