PLANS have been unveiled on how fans vying for the best spot to see the much-anticipated America’s Cup World Series can watch from the water.
With around 90,000 tickets already snapped up to take in the biggest sporting event Portsmouth has ever seen from the seafront, organisers have now revealed plans how the superfast catamarans can been seen from the Solent over the weekend of July 23 to 26.
Separate recommended viewing zones for all spectator boats will been designated by the Queen’s Harbour Master on each day of racing.
There are three official charter boat preferred suppliers – Sunsail, Marine Events and Solent Rib Charters. People wishing to watch from the water need to contact these firms separately to book a place, charter a boat or buy hospitality space. They will operate within the close perimeter area as official event support boats, meaning there are extra spots as well as the Waterfront Festival Arena and fanzone area.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Nearly all of the tickets have sold out for the America’s Cup, which is fantastic and demonstrates that people across the country are really excited and interested in coming her to watch the event.
‘I welcome the plans for the spectator areas in the water.
‘This will do two things – give a different perspective to the racing and reduce congestion of people travelling through the city to come and watch the amazing event in the Solent.’
Cllr Jones also revealed it is hoped the end of South Parade Pier will be open to use as a viewing platform in time for the racing.
She added: ‘It will be the perfect vantage point.’
But Leslie Greenhalgh, the event director for the Portsmouth World Cup Series, stressed being on the water will not get spectators any closer to the sailing action.
‘Naturally, given the racing will take place in such a popular area as the Solent, plenty of keen fans have been asking if they will be able to watch the racing from the water,’ said Lesley.
‘The simple answer is “yes”, this will be possible.
‘Although the best viewing areas will be from the main race village onshore on Southsea Common.’ For more information go to ticketmaster.co.uk/acwsportmouth
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