Tickets for Portsmouth sailing events on sale soon

Sir Ben Ainslie, HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Keith Mills
Sir Ben Ainslie, HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Keith Mills

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TICKETS for the America’s Cup qualifiers in Portsmouth are set to go on sale next month.

Most of the viewing points for the sailing spectacle in July this year will be free, but everyone will need to apply for a ticket to gain access.

Details about where to get them from are to be released soon.

The event off Southsea Common, featuring a British team captained by Sir Ben Ainslie, is expected to draw in around 160,000 spectators.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne visited a display about the America’s Cup World Series event – also happening in 2016 – at the London Boat Show.

The Portsmouth qualifiers are being led by Team Origin, a company set up by Sir Keith Mills, who has been involved in UK sporting events such as London 2012.

Sir Keith said: ‘One of our main aims is to provide a sporting event that will benefit Portsmouth by bringing huge visitor numbers into the city to experience the racing.

‘To bring in the masses, we have to provide cost effective entertainment for all budgets and we have been working hard to firm up the event schedule and ticketing structure.

‘Portsmouth will become a hive of activity with its key locations such as the Spinnaker Tower and Historic Dockyard incorporated within the event to showcase the city in all its glory.’

The Portsmouth 2015 event officially starts on Thursday, July 23, with the teams taking part in a F1 style paddock day.

All teams will set up their boats in a publicly visible area inside the Historic Dockyard and Royal Navy base.

Event director Leslie Greenhalgh said: ‘The best possible viewing and engagement experience will be watching the racing from the ‘race village’ on Southsea Common and the dedicated ‘fan zone’ and ‘hospitality pavilion’.’