Portsmouth to Host America's Cup World Series
A persistent campaign by Sir Ben Ainslie and his team has resulted in Portsmouth being confirmed to host two America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events in the run up to the 2017 America’s Cup.
The races will take place from 23-26 July 2015 and 21-24 July 2016 right in front of the £12m brand new BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) sailing hub scheduled to be completed in May next year.
The new sailing hub in Portsmouth has already received £7.5 million in government funding and Ben Ainslie has secured a further £80 million in private investment. The two ACWS events in Portsmouth are predicted to further boost the city's economy by creating thousands of new jobs and generating millions in revenue. The last ACWS event held in Portsmouth in 2011 attracted 150,000 sailing fans to watch the racing.
All six teams confirmed for the 2017 America’s Cup will compete in Portsmouth in 2015 and 2016. The World Series gives the teams time to prepare for 2017 but the events will also decide how the teams will be seeded in 2017.
Supporters of the BAR America’s Cup challenge were also recently delighted by the news that Giles Scott will be joining the team. Giles Scott was Ben Ainslies predecessor in the Finn class for Great Britain’s sailing team. Scott is also preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics and is firm favourite to take the gold as current world champion.
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Article by Jack Bartrop