Schoolchildren paint mural at Ben Ainslie’s race base site

A pupil from St Jude's School adds to the design. Picture: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images
A pupil from St Jude's School adds to the design. Picture: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images
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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.

13/10/2014 (CF)''Minister of Portsmouth Matthew Hancock met with Sir Ben Ainslie on Monday at his new base which is being built at The Camber in Old Portsmouth.''Pictured is: Minister of Portsmouth Matthew Hancock with (l-r) Evelyn Murray (13) and Serena Wild (13) from Admiral Lord Nelson School.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142938-1291) PPP-141013-184430001

13/10/2014 (CF)''Minister of Portsmouth Matthew Hancock met with Sir Ben Ainslie on Monday at his new base which is being built at The Camber in Old Portsmouth.''Pictured is: Minister of Portsmouth Matthew Hancock with (l-r) Evelyn Murray (13) and Serena Wild (13) from Admiral Lord Nelson School.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142938-1291) PPP-141013-184430001

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.

13/10/2014 (CF)''Sir Ben Ainslie was at the Spinnaker Tower on Monday for the launch of the 1851 Trust. ''Pictured is: Sir Ben Ainslie's fiancee Georgie Thompson at the launch.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142938-941) PPP-141013-184647001

13/10/2014 (CF)''Sir Ben Ainslie was at the Spinnaker Tower on Monday for the launch of the 1851 Trust. ''Pictured is: Sir Ben Ainslie's fiancee Georgie Thompson at the launch.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142938-941) PPP-141013-184647001

As reported in The News, half of the jobs being created at the racing base will go to local people.

ainslie at camber pic 1 CREDIT''Trust launch - art project (Park Community School)''Students from Park Community School meet Sir Ben Ainslie.''Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

ainslie at camber pic 1 CREDIT''Trust launch - art project (Park Community School)''Students from Park Community School meet Sir Ben Ainslie.''Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

Ben Ainslie Racing Launches Art Project pic 3'CREDIT: Picture Shaun Roster'caption: Sir Ben Ainslie with other artists decorating the hoardings along the west of the base site.''Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, will come together on the 13th October for a community art project. They will paint images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent ' the stretch of water joining the two communities ' onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. It's a maritime history that Ben Ainslie Racing will continue from their new base on The Camber, in Portsmouth's Old Town.'''The hoardings along the west of the base site will be decorated by the local school children'The event is to celebrate the launch of a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. The art project is being coordinated by local arts and media compa

Ben Ainslie Racing Launches Art Project pic 3'CREDIT: Picture Shaun Roster'caption: Sir Ben Ainslie with other artists decorating the hoardings along the west of the base site.''Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, will come together on the 13th October for a community art project. They will paint images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent ' the stretch of water joining the two communities ' onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. It's a maritime history that Ben Ainslie Racing will continue from their new base on The Camber, in Portsmouth's Old Town.'''The hoardings along the west of the base site will be decorated by the local school children'The event is to celebrate the launch of a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. The art project is being coordinated by local arts and media compa

Ben Ainslie Racing Launches Art Project pic 4 'CREDIT'Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images'The launch of the 1851 Trust. Portsmouth. UK. Admiral Lord Nelson School pupils and Sir Ben Ainslie pictured painting HMS Victory on the walls of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ today.''Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

Ben Ainslie Racing Launches Art Project pic 4 'CREDIT'Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images'The launch of the 1851 Trust. Portsmouth. UK. Admiral Lord Nelson School pupils and Sir Ben Ainslie pictured painting HMS Victory on the walls of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ today.''Credit: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images