The Americas Cup is coming to the Solent. Avoid the crowds and charter a yacht to watch the most spectacular yacht racing in 2015 up close and personal. Below our own head of Racing Alasdair explains what’s happening, followed by the official news from Ben Ainslie Racing:
I’m going to be honest, the 33rd Americas Cup was a disaster and from that moment I was bored of the Americas Cup. It was a real farce with the winning boat crossing the finishing line 3 miles ahead of the only competitor. To put that into perspective; after 5,000 miles Abu Dabi streaked into Cape Town barely the same 3 miles ahead of it’s nearest competitor in the Volvo Ocean Race. So when the 34th Americas Cup came along I didn’t show a huge amount of interest, until I saw 30 seconds of the giant catamarans in action. My jaw simply smashed on the floor and I was hooked. The 34th Americas Cup saw the catamarans flying out of the water at speeds that would see a sizeable fine down the local high street, and probably a prison sentence if you did it outside a school in your mondeo.
The 34th Americas Cup is regarded as the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. 8-0 down the American Americas Cup team (Orcale Team USA) were about to loose the cup. They made one final attempt to save everything and replaced the last remaining American on the American Americas cup campaign with Britains own Sir Ben Ainslie. From that moment there was no stopping them. Oracle Team USA went on to win the oldest trophy in the sporting world.
Today (25th November) Sir Keith Mills made a huge announcement. The Americas cup is coming to the Solent!
Okay so we won’t see the 70 foot flying catamarans just yet, we need Ben to do his thing first, but next July we will see theAC 45s (45 foot wing sailed catamarans), crewed by the Americas Cup guys flying around the Solent and it is going to be nothing but spectacular! The dates are expected to be as follows:
23rd to 26th July 2015
21st to 24th July 2016
If you want to watch these beautiful speed machines racing then you could go to Portsmouth with thousands of others and cram along the harbour wall with your binoculars. Alternatively you could head out to sea and watch Ben Ainslie fly past at 30 knots just metres away from you. At the moment Solent Yacht charter companies are yet to hike their prices up for the Americas Cup racing period, so jump on it and charter your boat today!
To charter a yacht or motorboat for this amazing race simply get in touch and let us know what type of boat you are looking for. This is going to be a real “where you there” moment, so make sure you’re not left out and get your boat chartered now!
Below is the official press release.
Today, 25 November 2014, Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to
British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July
2015 and 21–24 July 2016.
Sir Keith has been central to the delivery of some of the UK’s greatest sporting events, most recently
as Deputy Chairman of London 2012 and Chairman of ‘Invictus Games’. The ACWS Portsmouth will be
managed by TEAMORIGIN Events, a company set up by Sir Keith Mills in 2007.
Speaking during this morning’s launch event at London’s OXO Tower, Sir Keith said:
“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. 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.
“Our plans are for more than two action packed long week-ends. We are also putting together a
three year activation programme running right up until the end of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
We look forward to delivering a world class sporting event for Great Britain.”
The ACWS is the preliminary race series of the 35th America’s Cup, consisting of eight to ten regattas
taking place around the world during 2015 and 2016. All America’s Cup teams will compete in the
series and their overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the
America’s Cup Qualifier events in 2017.
“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 compete 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.”
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’s plans was to bring America’s Cup racing to Great Britain and I would like to
thank Sir Keith and his team for making those plans become a reality. The last ACWS 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 City of Portsmouth has a significant role to play and the event will encompass most of the City’s
existing visitor destinations including HMS Warrior and Victory, the Mary Rose Museum, the
Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays and Southsea Common. Spectators will enjoy three days of racing,
including practice racing on the Friday and then two races on Saturday and two races on ‘Super
Speaking at the launch, The Leader of Portsmouth Council Cllr Donna Jones said:
“We’re delighted to welcome America’s Cup World Series Racing to Portsmouth for the next two
years. Portsmouth enjoys its esteemed maritime history and BAR bringing their base to the City has
already brought a great sense of anticipation. The ACWS has a proven record of attracting huge
spectator numbers to competing venues, and it will provide a massive boost to our marine and
maritime industry and bring economic benefit to Portsmouth. We welcome visitors from
everywhere to watch the world-class sailing, and support Ben Ainslie Racing on home waters.”
The events will be funded by a combination of private investment, sponsorship, suppliers and media
partnerships. Previous ACWS events have been commercially successful and the ambition is to grow
the value of the events by offering sponsors branding and visibility, media impact, hospitality for
clients and employees, and tickets for public entertainment.
Speaking at the launch, BAR Chairman Sir Charles Dunstone outlined the commercial opportunities of
the ACWS in Portsmouth:
“Sport is big business. The last America’s Cup saw more than 150 companies involved in significant
sponsorships or supplier partnerships with the event or competing teams. The last time the ACWS
came to Britain was Plymouth in 2011 and we saw 150,000 live spectators and the economic value
and media impact of the event was estimated at £60m. By securing the commercial and marketing
rights of these events we can offer a wider and more diverse range of opportunities to businesses
and media to get involved, generate value and gain benefit from what will be an incredible sporting
One of the key objectives of the organisers of ACWS Portsmouth will be to bring the action to the
public with ‘free-to-view’ areas in the Race Village where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere, and
watch the racing. There will also be additional opportunities to buy tickets for specific attractions,
prime seating areas, exhibitions and hospitality. Further ticketing information will be released in the
The count down to the 2015 ACWS Portsmouth has started, for more information: visit