Portsmouth to Stage Two America’s Cup Events

November 25, 2014

South coast UK city Portsmouth will host two America’s Cup World Series sailing events over the next two years it has been announced.

The announcement was made in London by Sir Keith Mills, GBE. The production of the America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth will be managed by TEAMORIGIN events, a company he founded in 2007.

“I’m passionate about bringing world-class sporting events to Great Britain, and delighted that America’s Cup World Series racing will be coming to Portsmouth,” he said.

“This will not just be a spectacular sporting event, it will also showcase Portsmouth, the South Coast and Great Britain on a global stage, delivering economic benefit to the City and the sponsors involved.

“The series will attract huge crowds to watch the exhilarating racing and we plan to give the event a festival feel bringing activities and entertainment for all.” 

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, and have their home base in Portsmouth. Team Principal and four-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie said: “A key part of BAR plans was to bring America’s Cup racing to Great Britain and I would like to thank Sir Keith Mills and his team for making those plans become a reality.

“The last America’s Cup World Series was a game changer for the sport of sailing, the racing was entertaining and brought in the crowds. The new foiling AC45s are going to be faster and even more exciting than the previous generation and we promise to provide an event experience like you have never seen before – come and cheer us on!”

“The America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth in 2015 and 2016 are an opportunity for British fans to watch world class America’s Cup teams compete and of course support Ben Ainslie Racing as they race on home waters,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. 

“I know Ben joins all the competitors in their goal to bring the America’s Cup back to their home country and racing in the America’s Cup World Series is a first step towards that end.”

The America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth will take place from July 23-26, 2015 and July 21-24, 2016.