Portsmouth pubs ready to cash in on America’s Cup World Series

Crowds watch the America's Cup World Series off Naples in 2013 Picture: Gilles Martin-Raget
Crowds watch the America's Cup World Series off Naples in 2013 Picture: Gilles Martin-Raget
  • Venues putting together entertainment programme to entice World Series spectators
  • Southsea business expects to see 30 per cent increase in trade over weekend
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PUBS are preparing an action-packed programme of activities as they seek to cash in on the America’s Cup World Series.

Businesses near the race village on Southsea Common and Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie’s headquarters are gearing up for a boom in trade.

Venues are putting together live music nights and making sure bumper food menus are ready to go in an effort to attract some of the massive crowds.

Up to 500,000 people are expected at the World Series from July 23 to 26.

Ross McInally, landlord of The Jolly Sailor, in Clarence Parade, is ensuring his events calendar is full on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for spectators.

Cantando Female Voice Community Choir and The Damiain Lodrick Band are set to perform, and the Frank and Dean Show will finish off the weekend.

Ross said: ‘We want to make sure everybody who comes down for this event is impressed by Portsmouth and will want to come back again and again.

‘We are looking forward to having the crowds here, for sure.’

The Wellington, in High Street, Old Portsmouth – near the home of the Land Rover BAR British sailing team – can’t wait for the occasion.

The pub is holding an 1960s RnB night on the Saturday and food will be served throughout.

Barmaid Bridgette Johnson said: ‘We are expecting a lot of people over the four days. It’s going to be absolutely manic.’

Nick Nesmith, manager of The Dolphin, also in Old Portsmouth, said: ‘We are on the way down to the BAR facility, so I would imagine people walking past throughout the day will pop in.

‘We will be a lot busier.’

Stuart Ainsworth, landlord of The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, Southsea, expects a 30 per cent surge in trade – and is making sure he’s fully staffed and got plenty of booze in.

He said: ‘I’m expecting a good turnout. We are definitely expecting a lift in trade, given I am surrounded by the guest houses in the town. If they are at full capacity, then Albert Road should be a lot busier.

‘There’s nothing special we’ve got planned other than making sure we’re staffed properly for it and buying in extra beer.’