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America’s Cup contest for young designers
Sir Ben Ainslie with the America's Cup trophy Picture: Lloyd Images

America’s Cup contest for young designers

YOUNG designers will have a chance to put their skills to use as part of a new competition organised by the America’s Cup World Series team.

To celebrate the 1851 Trust’s announcement that it will be the official charity of the America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth, the competition has been launched for young designers to create the official commemorative trophies for this summer’s event, which takes place from July 23 to 26.

The competition is open to young Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents aged five to 16 years old.

To be known as the ‘Victory Trophies’, the trophies will be presented on ‘Super Sunday’ (July 26) to all the teams in the competition.

The 1851 Trust aims to engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry and provide young people with the education, skills, and training they need to become innovators of the future and stewards of the marine environment.

Alasdair Akass, the trust’s CEO, said: ‘The 1851 Trust is proud to be the official charity of the America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth.

‘One of our key aims is to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry.

‘The trophy competition is a great example of achieving these aims. We can’t wait to see the entries.’

The winning design will be selected by Alasdair Akass, Sir Keith Mills (1851 Trustee) and David Carr (1851 Trust ambassador and Ben Ainslie Racing Team member).America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth.

The chosen designer will receive two tickets to the official Fanzone arena on Sunday, July 26 and become part of the presentation team during the official prize giving.

Portsmouth artist Michelle Littlewood has been appointed to turn the winning design into the physical trophy.

She said: ‘As a Portsmouth resident, I’m proud to be working with the America’s Cup to create the trophies.

‘The people of Portsmouth are very excited the event is coming to our city this summer. Therefore it’s very fitting that the trophy presented to the winning America’s Cup team will be built by a Portsmouth resident.’

More information is available online at acwsportsmouth.com.

More information on the 1851 Trust can be found at 1851trust.org.uk

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