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America’s Cup World Series returns to Portsmouth 21-24 July 2016

This 2016 event will be the last chance to see local heroes Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team racing on home waters, before they set off to represent Britain in the world’s oldest sporting trophy in Bermuda in 2017.

Book your place in the new-look ‘Race Village’ – the event venue where you will be able to immerse yourself in the action and drama that surrounds this event. The advanced limited early bird tickets for the new-look ‘Race Village’ go on sale today until December 6, 2015, with 5,000 early bird tickets available.

Race Village tickets prices start from £18 per day (£25 standard price), with half-price for under-16s and free entry for under-5s making it a fantastic spectator day out.

New ‘Race Village’ for 2016

The 2015 event was a huge success, with close to a quarter of a million spectators watching the action on and off the water. We’ve listened to feedback from fans, visitors and residents to make the second year even better.

There’s a new-look, more compact and content rich ‘Race Village’ for spectators in Southsea located around the Southsea Castle area locally known as 'Bandstand Field' and 'Castle Field'. The main Southsea Common area is no longer part of the Race Village and becomes a non-ticketed access area with no restrictions.

portsmouth race village

The ‘Race Village’ will be packed with new innovative displays and features including more hands-on exhibits giving insights into this unique competition, a new Tech-Zone and Team Hubs, where visitors can get an up-close look at the sailing ‘pit lanes’. Fans can also listen to expert insight with the live Dock-out and Dock-in morning and afternoon shows bringing the sailing teams to the fans before and after racing. Expert MC’s will provide commentary on the main stage before, during and after racing with live screens throughout the Race Village keeping you updated on all the action.

Racing will be held directly in front of the ticketed Race Village, with the best views of the sporting action.

Return on Investment

Land Rover BAR and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth 2015 event have today published the results of an economic impact study carried out by KMPG and media valuation reports since the team’s launch and move to the city of Portsmouth, and the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in the city.

The results show a combined impact of £106M, comprising of £47M economic impact on the UK economy with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth bringing a Gross Value Added of £9 million (with a displacement reduction of £1.5M – the money that would have been spent anyway), with visitors spending of £5.9 million and £4.3m supplier impact (£2.1 spent in Portsmouth 54%). Those figures combined with £22m of media value again highlights the impact international sporting events can have on the UK economy.

Latest update from Land Rover BAR

‘A Fighter Jet on Water’

BAR T2 yacht

Is this the most advanced craft sailing today? British America’s Cup Challenger Land Rover BAR has launched its latest testing boat, known as ‘T2’. This phenomenal development boat uses aerospace and automotive technology to create what the team have dubbed ‘the marine equivalent of a fighter jet’.

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