The coastal city will host two preparation events leading up to the 35th America’s Cup in 2017

Portsmouth will play host to the America’s

Cup World Series events over the next two years in the run up to the 35th

cup in 2017.

Organisers announced recently that racing

would take place off Southsea during the four-day World Series events in June

2015 and July 2016.

Speaking to The Portsmouth News, Leslie

Greenhalgh from America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth said: “What we’ve got

together is a really public show with lots of other events going on around the

racing. It’s a bit like a rally car but the course is a lot closer.

“They’re going to be 45ft catamarans – they

fly above the water and can be doing anything from 25 to 30 knots.” 

Organisers are also hoping to put on a

festival on Southsea Common, close to the finish line, in order to attract even

more visitors to the spectacle.

The news comes just a few months after it

was confirmed that the Ben Ainslie Racing base will be built at the

Camber Dock in Old Portmsouth

Meanwhile visiting teams will be based at

the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth Harbour.

Six teams have entered the 35th

America’s Cup so far, including Ben Ainslie Racing, Artemis Racing, Emirates

Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge, ORACE TEAM USA and Team France.

Sir Ben Ainslie is looking to bring the

America’s Cup home to Britain after a successful campaign onboard ORACLE TEAM

USA last year as tactician.

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