Clipper Events Offers Front Row Experience for America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth

May 14, 2015

Clipper Events, the Gosport-based sister company of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, is offering front row on-the-water experiences for the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth this July, as the event’s Official Charter Package Supplier.

Clipper Events founder and legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth marks the first time the UK has hosted the event since it originated here in 1851. As a long term friend and supporter of Sir Ben Ainslie and his campaign to bring the cup home, I am very proud that Clipper Events is able to offer British sports enthusiasts a memorable experience of this historic event. 

“To share the same waters and witness these impressive yachts in action will be simply thrilling. As well as this unrivalled view, guests will also enjoy the added experience of getting to sail on board our specially designed round the world racing yachts. There will be no better, more authentic race day experience as this.”

The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth runs from July 23 – 26 and kick starts the 35th edition America’s Cup programme, which concludes in Bermuda in 2017. 

Five time Olympic Gold Medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and his BAR team will face challengers from Artemis, Oracle Team USA, Emirates New Zealand Team, Team Japan and Team France in its bid to return the America’s Cup to the Solent, where the event first originated in 1851. It has not returned since this day.

Clipper Events has secured its charter package partnership with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth and TEAMORIGIN to allow its official spectator boats to operate within the Solent’s closed off perimeter.

Yachts are available to charter from £6,000 each, for twelve people. All day packages are available for the Friday practice day, Saturday preview day and the Super Sunday race day. Each charter includes four hours sailing experience and champagne lunch on board the specially designed Clipper 68 and Clipper 70 ocean racing yachts ahead of watching the AC45 foiling catamarans race each other on the Solent. 

No stranger to adventure, Clipper Events stands apart from other sailing event providers as it uses its unique fleet of identical ocean racers for iconic sailing events and hospitality and development experiences in the UK and Sydney, Australia. Previous sailing experience is not required as training is provided by professional Clipper Events staff.