Sir Ben Ainslie today pledged to bring the America’s Cup closer to the people of Portsmouth.
The British team captain said that had to be the key aim for next year’s return event in the city.
Speaking to The News ahead of a press conference on the 2016 event at the Ben Ainslie Racing base, in Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth, Sir Ben said: ‘Both in terms of sailing and the event we have learnt lessons from this year’s event.
‘There’s lots of small things we have put in place so it’s an even better event.
‘We are here in Portsmouth and we want the city to be involved so have many more family and children events.
‘We have the 1815 Trust and that’s very much about working with young people and get them interested into sailing.
‘We also want the home crowd cheering us on for next year’s event.’
The economic impact report into this year’s four-day event in July has revealed £47m was brought into the UK, alongside 730 jobs.