America’s Cup World Series 2020: Sir Ben Ainslie promises ‘true spectacle’ in Portsmouth as tickets go on sale

As eyes turn to Portsmouth for the return of the America’s Cup World Series, Britain’s golden boy of sailing has promised a ‘true spectacle’ for tens of thousands of fans.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 2:10 pm
Sir Ben Ainslie
Sir Ben Ainslie

Portsmouth hosted America’s Cup races in 2015 and 2016 – drawing more than 250,000 spectators and an economic boom of £38.7m.

This year, the city is one of only two hosts outside New Zealand where visitors will get to see the new hi-tech, 75ft AC75 boats in action.

Start and finish lines off Southsea’s shore will keep all the drama close to home, while a festival-style race village shows it on huge screens.

Huge crowds line Southsea Seafront for previous America's Cup events in Portsmouth. Picture: Shaun Roster

Sailing buffs will also be treated to live talks with America’s Cup pros past and present, daily ‘dock out’ shows, expert analysis, access to team tents, global street food and high-end bars.

Five-time Olympic medallist Sir Ben, principal and skipper of Old Portsmouth-based Ineos Team UK, said: “We are really looking forward to competing in front of our home crowd again.

“We are confident the racing will deliver a true spectacle.”