America's Cup World Series comes to Portsmouth

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Event Director Leslie Greenhalgh gets down to the minutae
The America’s Cup World Series coming to Portsmouth in both 2015 and 2016 is great news for sailing in the UK as well as top promotion for Ben Ainslie Racing and the prospects for Sir Ben’s British America’s Cup challenge Portsmouth is rammed at the best of times in July. Even without an America’s Cup World Series events, there are typically 100,000 people each weekend passing through the city’s Historic Dockyard, home to Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory, the navy's first iron clad battleship, HMS Warrior, and the Mary Rose, plus a further 40,000 that visit the shopping mecca of Gunwharf Quay. The footprint of the ACWS events in Portsmouth will be significant, spanning the Team Bases located with the naval base just inland of the Historic Dockyard. When the AC45s are in the water they will be moored within a modest dock inside the Historic Dockyard, right by HMS Victory and the Mary Rose exhibit. Portsmouth City Council is looking to lay on shuttle buses to link this area with the ACWS Portsmouth village, located on the large green on the seafront at Southsea. The race village will overlook the course where the foiling AC45 will be racing, laid tight into the beach to the west of Southsea Castle. For spectators there will be a free area for public to view the racing as well as a ticketed area. It is of course also possible to walk the one from the Historic dockyard, taking in Gunwharf Quay as well as the newly finished (by then) BAR Base in Old Portsmouth. During the event there will be big screens at the key areas in Portsmouth to entice punters out to the race village in Southsea. While each event is technically four days long, official America’s Cup World Series racing