America’s Cup premieres in Portsmouth

America’s Cup premieres in Portsmouth

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For the first time, the America’s Cup World Series comes to Portsmouth and will not just see the Ben Ainslie Racing team compete on ultra-fast foiling catamaran boats in their bid to win the series, but also Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA, Team France and Team Japan.

This thrilling event, held from 23-26 July 2015, will take place just off Portsmouth’s Southsea Common, close to Sunsail’s UK base in Port Solent. Those lucky enough to be on-board one of Sunsail’s Match First 40 sailing yachts or its range of luxury powerboats will enjoy incredible views from the Sunsail exclusive buffer zone just metres from the action.

America-Cup_credit-Mark-Lloyd-sThe teams will race at speeds of up to 40mph as Ben Ainslie Racing start their journey to become the first British team ever to win the America’s Cup and bring it back to the Solent, where it originated in 1851.

It isn’t just fast catamarans speed fans can enjoy; there are other activities happening every day:

First Thursday: See the parade of sail as each team displays its amazing racing machine and team of international sailing stars. Enjoy some practise starts of your own as your Sunsail skipper puts your team through its paces with a sailing master class and race tuition.

Fast Friday: Watch spectacular practise racing from the teams as they prepare for battle. During the day, the incredible Red Arrows will show off their legendary high speed air display. Enjoy a full day on the water on either a Sunsail yacht or power boat package.

Big Saturday:  Enjoy front row seats on the water as the official racing programme gets underway. If that’s not enough there will be aerial displays and Royal Marines landing craft in action. Watch the action on a Sunsail yacht or powerboat from the exclusive spectator zone.

Super Sunday: The final day of action sees double points up for grabs in the racing as the winner takes it all, with more spectacular aerial displays to round of the feast of speed. And watch all this on your Sunsail yacht or powerboat from the best seats in town.

Sunsail’s yacht and powerboat packages include professional crew, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and as extras, we can organise anything else you can think of, such as champagne receptions and team clothing. Prices start at just £1,995 + VAT for a full day on the water.

Sunsail Events Director Simon Boulding said ‘We are really excited to be able to support Portsmouth and the British bid to bring the cup home. AC45s and the Red Arrows will make this the fastest and most exciting corporate hospitality event in the UK in 2015. Be sure to watch it with Sunsail from the best place on the water.’

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