Land Rover BAR team sweep to victory in two America’s Cup races in Portsmouth

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TENS of thousands of spectators packed Southsea today to roar Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team to two America’s Cup victories in the Solent.

And it was great news for sports fans and Sir Ben’s British challengers as the Met Office has confirmed it was set to be a scorcher in the south-east - and better still when, after a disappointing showing in the first race, Land Rover BAR came first in the next two.

The cup programme started with a grand ceremony where the America’s Cup trophy arrived via a Royal Marine landing craft at Southsea Castle.

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Spectators flock to Southsea
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The Blades Aerobatic Display Team thrilled spectators with a performance above the skies of the Solent from midday.

But cheers turned to disappointment as Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team trailed in fifth in the first of three races this afternoon.

There was better news in the second race though as Land Rover BAR grabbed victory.

And the crowd were in raptures as Sir Ben and his team raced to victory in the third and last race of the afternoon.

The ticketed Race Village arena was open from 11am, while Southsea Common remained open to all for free, with families able to bring picnics to enjoy while watching the day’s entertainment.

Land Rover BAR during one of the practice races on day two of the America's Cup Portsmouth event. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 22, 2016. See PA story SAILING Americas. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. SAILING_Americas_162364.JPG

Land Rover BAR during one of the practice races on day two of the America's Cup Portsmouth event. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 22, 2016. See PA story SAILING Americas. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. SAILING_Americas_162364.JPG

Coverage through the weekend at our dedicated site americascup.portsmouth.co.uk

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Practice racing took place on Friday Day 1 of the America's Cup World Cup Series in Portsmouth. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (161043-7892) PPP-160722-175903001

22/7/2016 (NEWS) Practice racing took place on Friday Day 1 of the America's Cup World Cup Series in Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (161043-7892) PPP-160722-175903001