Sir Ben Ainslie to hold meeting in Old Portsmouth tonight

Sir Ben Ainslie
Sir Ben Ainslie

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OLYMPIC sailor Ben Ainslie will meet with residents in Portsmouth tonight as he bids to bring his America’s Cup sailing base to the city.

Sir Ben will conduct a presentation over the application to build his headquarters in The Camber in Old Portsmouth.

The meeting will take place at Portsmouth Cathedral from 7pm.

It comes as a meeting due to take place last Monday at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club was postponed after too many people turned up.

A decision will be made on the application by Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, officers at Southampton City Council have written to Sir Ben offering the site in Woolston, should his plans for Portsmouth fall through.