BEHIND these giant wooden hoardings, work continues at a pace to build Sir Ben Ainslie’s new racing base in Old Portsmouth.
And local schoolchildren were drafted in to use their creative side to make them look a little prettier.
On Monday, Sir Ben launched a new charity called the 1851 Trust, which is aimed at getting more young people involved in sailing. One of the charity’s first patrons is the Duchess of Cambridge.
Schoolchildren of all ages were at the base in Old Portsmouth for the launch of the charity, and they started work on a mural of the Solent to cover the hoardings there.
The Duchess said in a statement that she felt ‘privileged’ to be a patron of the trust.
Some of the trustees of the new charity, which will be based in Portsmouth, include Rear-Admiral Rob Stevens, American businesswoman Wendy Schmidt and television presenter Georgie Thompson, who recently became engaged to Sir Ben.
As reported in The News, half of the jobs being created at the racing base will go to local people.