On crest of a wave with Sir Ben Ainslie.
The waiting is nearly over as Portsmouth welcomes the first round of world-class races in sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s exciting bid to win the America’s Cup.
Olympic hero Sir Ben’s decision to base his Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team here to challenge for the prestigious trophy is bringing a multi-million pound boost to the city.
Work is well underway on a £12m headquarters for BAR in Old Portsmouth and the preliminary America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regattas will take place in the city’s water in July 2015 and 2016.
More than 150,000 spectators are expected at each race. The firing pistol sounds on Friday, July 24, with practice sessions before races on the Saturday and Sunday.
The ACWS is a series of regattas held worldwide by countries competing for the right to challenge the United States for the trophy in 2017. The America’s Cup is the oldest in world sport and has never been won by Great Britain.
Visit http://ben-ainslie-racing.americascup.com/en/home.html for more details.
[Picture: Lloyd Images/Ben Aiinslie Racing].