I was today given a thrilling ride on a support boat which will aid Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team at next week’s World Series.
Setting off from the Olympic sailor’s race base in Old Portsmouth, the Scorpion RIB soared through the Solent on its approach to the Isle of Wight, before turning and cutting around Spitbank Fort back to the Camber.
The RIB is of three high-powered support vessels made by Lymington-based firm Scorpion for the qualifiers, starting next Thursday.
The boat reached speeds of 50 knots, faster than what next week’s competitors will go.
Former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy was one of those lucky enough to enjoy the experience.
She said: ‘It was great fun. It’s a great way of seeing the land around you.
Imagine next week, the sea will just be boiling with the number of boats and action.’
Journalists were today given a tour of the Ben Ainslie Racing facility The Camber, which includes a huge gym, offices and a vast storage hall for Sir Ben’s Land Rover BAR race boats.