THOUSANDS of spectators are expected to pack out Southsea today as the America’s Cup World Series officially gets underway.
Crowds will pack out Southsea Common and the pay-to-access Race Village around Southsea Castle to watch British Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie and international competitors take to the water.
A series of practice runs will take place from 1pm to 3pm in the Solent ahead of this weekend’s competitive racing, which counts for points.
The race village opens to the public from 11am and the prestigious America’s Cup trophy will arrive in style via a landing craft by Southsea Castle at 11.15am.
Then the stunning Red Arrows display team will take to the skies above the Solent from midday.
A races will then take place between 1pm and 3pm.
The action will be a warm-up to competitive races on Saturday and Sunday which count for points.
Spectators can turn up anytime at Southsea Common for free.
Portsmouth City Council is putting up a big screen so families can see teams battle it out on the water.
Our dedicated America’s Cup site is here