Video: Champagne fight as Sir Ben Ainslie receives America’s Cup prize

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A CHAMPAGNE fight capped off a stunning America’s Cup World Series awards ceremony featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The royals presented competitors with prizes, including a trophy to Sir Ben Ainslie on behalf of Land Rover BAR, which won the Portsmouth regatta.

Ben Ainslie (right), skipper of Britain's Land Rover backed BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing)  team, sprays champagne on rival skipper Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA as he celebrates winning the British leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off PortsmouthPicture: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

Ben Ainslie (right), skipper of Britain's Land Rover backed BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) team, sprays champagne on rival skipper Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA as he celebrates winning the British leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off PortsmouthPicture: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

Immediately afterwards, Oracle Team USA skipper James ‘Jimmy’ Spithill cracked open a bottle of Moet champagne and sprayed it at Sir Ben and his team. The Olympian retaliated by opening a fresh bottle and spraying it back.

TV presenter Davina McCall hosted the reception and told The News afterwards she was immensely proud of the region for staging the World Series, despite today’s washout.

Davina, whose parents live in Gosport, said: ‘I am so proud. With Sir Ben winning it’s just an amazing time for Portsmouth and for Gosport, it feels like it’s such an exciting time. This is just the icing on the cake.’

Schoolboy Leo Howard, a pupil at Solent Infant School in Farlington who won a competition to design a trophy for the America’s Cup, was also part of the prize-giving.

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