It’s official – The Portsmouth AC45 event will be the first America’s Cup World Series regatta with racing on July 25-26. With the withdraw of Luna Rossa, the Italian challenger, following the row over the change of the size of the boat to be used in the actual America’s Cup in Bermuda.
It was assumed that their event in Cagliari, Italy, previously scheduled for June wuold be cancelled. That is now confirmed and Portsmouth will become the inaugural event of the 2017 America’s Cup.
The full event in Portsmouth runs from July 23 through July 26, with a wide variety of activities scheduled in the home port of the British challenger, Ben Ainslie Racing.
At present the teams likely to compete will include Jimmy Spithill (Oracle Team USA), Iain Percy (Artemis Racing Sweden), Franck Cammas (Team France) and the British America’s Team of Ben Ainslie (BAR) which is based in Portsmouth.
Team New Zealand is an unknown at present as they have issued a writ the Cup organisation following the cancellation of the event in Auckland, which will most likely mean that the New Zealand government will not back the team.
Team Origin, the organisers, said the announcement will bring ‘added attention’ and both increased ‘local and global profile’ to Portsmouth and the UK for what promises to be a thrilling spectacle.
More than 90,000 tickets have already been snapped up for the Portsmouth event.
The America’s Cup World Series in 2015 will now consist of the following events:
Portsmouth, Great Britain – July 23-26, 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden – August 28-30, 2015
Hamilton, Bermuda – October 16-18, 2015