Ticket sales soar for this summer’s America’s Cup racing at Portsmouth
This summer’s ‘must have’ tickets for The America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (ACWSUK) are reportedly selling out fast. Recent news that former Formula One chief Martin Whitmarsh will be joining Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) as the team’s CEO has stoked interest in the event in recent weeks.
Tickets to what is billed as a landmark sailing event went on sale on March 2nd and the organizers say there has already been a huge number of ticket and hospitality enquires.
Up to 500,000 visitors are expected to attend the four day sporting and entertainment spectacular (Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th July 2015). They will be able to watch the world’s best sailors battling it out on high speed AC45 foiling catamarans.
Paid tickets and free-to-view
The spectator experience will cater for all tastes with both free-to-view and paid ticket options. The paid tickets will provide access to the official event “Fanzone Arena”, allowing up to 5,000 fans per day to get the best views and commentary of the America’s Cup.
The free-to-view area will be located on Southsea Common, to be named ‘The Waterfront Festival Arena” where only pre-registered ticket holders will gain access.
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What is happening?
The ACWS is a series of regattas which sees racing teams compete to set their placement in the eventual 35th America’s Cup events in 2017. Around 160,000 people are expected to come to Portsmouth to watch each regatta. The boats will be racing in front of spectators within 50m, at 45mph.
How many teams will be racing?
Six teams have so far taken up the challenge of racing for the next America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. The defending champion is ORACLE TEAM USA, which won the last event with a spectacular comeback over Emirates Team New Zealand, who return as a challenger, along with Artemis Racing (SWE), Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR), Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) and Team France.
The ‘foiling catamarans’ are powered by highly-efficient wingsails and designed to fly above the water on foils at speeds approaching 45 mph.
When is the racing?
Spectators in Portsmouth will enjoy three days of racing this July, including practice sessions on Friday, July 24, and then two races on Saturday 25 and two races on 'Super Sunday Final' 26.
Martin Whitmarsh on board – what this means
Former Formula One chief Martin Whitmarsh will be joining Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) as the team’s CEO.
Previously the CEO of the McLaren Group and team principal of the McLaren F1 team, Whitmarsh will be working alongside Sir Ben Ainslie to bring the America’s Cup home in 2017.
With a number of sporting and technical similarities between the America’s Cup and Formula One, BAR thinks Whitmarsh brings the perfect skill set to the team.
Sir Ben Ainslie commented on the announcement, saying: “Martin came highly recommended by many authoritative figures in the motorsport industry, and already has good relationships with several of our key partners, particularly the head of Red Bull Advanced Technologies Adrian Newey.”
Whitmarsh is set to join the team in April, shortly before they move to their new headquarters at the Camber Dock in Portsmouth.
Whitmarsh said of his appointment: “After 25 years at McLaren it’s great to be able to turn my energies and experience to such an exciting sporting and technical challenge.
“McLaren developed into a multifaceted business, and I hope that my experience will help BAR in its aspiration for a sustainable business model, along with the clear goal of winning the America’s Cup and brining it back to British waters.”
The summer’s golden ticket
The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event Chairman Sir Keith Mills, GBE, has been central to the delivery of some of the UK’s greatest sporting events, most recently as Deputy Chairman of London 2012 and Chairman of ‘Invictus Games’. He outlines the expectations;
“This event is set to take centre stage in the UK in July – this is a historical moment : the first time a British America’s Cup team will race in an official America’s Cup event in UK waters since 1851. We believe the ticket and hospitality packages and event schedule cater for all requirements – our aim is to provide ‘something for everyone’ –- and to ensure this is both a sporting and an entertainment experience. Thursday is the first day of the event and will feature an all team parade of sail and public opening ceremony. Friday is the practice/race preview day and the first opportunity for fans to watch the sailing teams test themselves on Portsmouth’s waters. Saturday and Sunday are official race days with a full day’s entertainment on both the Southsea Common “Waterfront Festival’ arena and inside the official event Fanzone Arena.”