Flying the flag with Sir Ben Ainslie
Sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie has thrown open the gates of his new America’s Cup headquarters in Old Portsmouth.
The multi-million pound base celebrated its first day of operations with a reception for local dignitaries and team officials.
It was also announced that the Jaguar Land Rover has thrown its weight behind the America’s Cup bid with a major sponsorship deal which will see the team renamed Land Rover BAR.
With just over a month until the first races of the America’s Cup heats at the end of July, excitement is beginning to grow in the city.
The Portsmouth News has talked to Sir Ben who has told how pleased he is with progress.
He said: “We are delighted to be here and it goes back to when we were looking at options for the base.
“It shows clearly Portsmouth was the right site for us with the Camber, and this was by far and away the best venue for the America’s Cup given the proximity to the seafront and the harbour.”
The News has also launched its very own America’s Cup website with all of the developments and action.
It’s a superb site and is well worth a look at http://americascup.portsmouth.co.uk.
The regattas are part of the America’s Cup World Series being held worldwide in the lead up to the competition’s grand final.
Each of the teams taking part in the World Series will host two regattas in 2015-2016 with the winner earning the right to face defending champions USA in a head-to-head showdown for the ultimate America’s Cup prize in 2017.
The Portsmouth regattas are being held on July 23 to 26 next year and in 2016 from July 21 to 24, and will pass just 50m from the seafront at Southsea.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to pour into the city for the four-day festival.
Some 120million will be pumped into the local economy.
It’s more good news for Portsmouth. Anything which brings new infrastructure and money into the city has to be a good thing.
Perhaps even more importantly, the connection with the America’s Cup will further raise the profile of the city. Portsmouth will also gain extensive exposure on TV and in the media over the coming years.
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Sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie has thrown open the gates of his new America’s Cup headquarters in Old Portsmouth. The…