This weekend we went to Portsmouth to view the sailing boats for The Luis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. With daggerboards to lift the catamarans clear of the water for speed, and wings instead of sails, the America’s Cup Class boat has been described as ‘a fighter jet on water’. The Duke of Edinburgh and later Prince William and Kate arrived meet up with Sir Ben Ainslie whose team was the overall winner this weekend. Ainslie skippered for Oracle Team USA in 2013 but since then has had his own team Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and since 2015 has partnered with Land Rover. Some of the best sailors in the world were at this event.
Lymington, Hampshire, home of Sir Ben Ainslie, The most successful Olympic sailor ever. (Olympic winners get their town’s post boxes painted gold). He led the Oracle Team USA to victory in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. But Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) with the assistance of Land Rover, hope to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain.
The Race Village at Southsea sold out of all parking spaces. To get there we took the Gosport Ferry to Gunwharf Quays and walked following these signs.
The Louis Vouitton America’s Cup World Series feature many of the world’s best sailors. These posts, at the Village in Southsea, pay tribute to them. The World Series events gather the teams for the Cup Qualifiers which will take place in Bermuda in 2017.
Fun with Land Rover sponsors at Gunwharf Quays
Up and Coming America’s Cup World Series dates:
10-11 Sept 2016 Toulon, France
18-20 Nov 2016 Fukuoka, Japan
Another World Series TBA for the first quarter of 2017
26 May – 5 June 2017 America’s Cup Qualifiers Bermuda
7-12 June 2017 Cup Challenger play-offs – Bermuda
17-29 June 2017 America’s Cup Match – Bermuda (Top Challengers advances to the America’s Cup Match against the last winners: Oracle Team USA)