RYA aim to ride crest of America’s Cup wave

Sir Ben Ainslie will lead the British charge

Sir Ben Ainslie will lead the British charge

Katrina Arens and David Ellis enjoy the America's Cup action on the big screen at Gunwharf Quays

Fans cheer on Sir Ben as America’s Cup racing starts

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Duncan Truswell is hoping the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) can ride the crest of the America’s Cup World Series wave.

As the national governing body for sailing in the UK, the RYA will host a stand at the four-day event, which sails into Portsmouth next Thursday.

Located in the Waterfront Festival Area, near the western entrance on Clarence Parade, they will be aiming to help inspire the next generation of sailors.

A range of activities will be on offer – in a bid to open people’s eyes to the world of sailing.

These will include windsurfing and powerboating simulators, a Lewmar winch grinder and a trapeze rig.

Spectators will also be able to see a variety of power and sail boats, from a catamaran to the Olympic-class Laser and the junior Optimist dinghy.

The RYA’s team of experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on taking to the water.

They will be able to answer any questions about sailing, windsurfing or powerboating and offer advice on the next steps to getting afloat.

Members of the British Sailing Team will also be on hand to talk about how they got involved in the sport.

And Truswell, who is the RYA’s sport development manager, is excited about the prospect.

‘We’re delighted to be attending the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World series and showcasing the sport this summer in Portsmouth,’ he said.

‘It’s a fantastic event to have in this country and we saw during the last cup how much it can captivate both sailors and non-sailors alike.

‘We hope that being on the waterfront and watching these boats compete will inspire people of all ages to have a go.

‘The ACWS shows just what an exhilarating and dynamic sport sailing is.

‘But the great thing about boating is the range of activities on offer from high-speed foiling catamarans to relaxing with family and friends.

‘There really is a boat for all purposes and all budgets.

‘You don’t have to spend a fortune to go sailing and I hope this event will encourage people to talk to us and get started in this fantastic sport.’

More than 200,000 spectators are expected to flock into Portsmouth for the hotly-anticipated event.

With less than a week until action gets under way in the Solent, a fresh batch of free Waterfront Festival Arena tickets have been made avialble by organisers Team Origin.

These are available from ticketmaster.co.uk/acwsportsmouth.

Visit rya.org.uk to find out more about getting on the water.

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