Sir Keith Mills says lessons have been learnt from this year’s America’s Cup World Series event held in Portsmouth

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THE head of the organising team for the British leg of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth said lessons have been learnt from this year’s event.

Sir Keith Mills is co-founder of Team Origin events and chairman of the World Series Portsmouth.

At a press conference held at the Ben Ainslie Racing base, in Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth, Mr Mills, assured people there will be more events for the family.

It comes as an economic report has been published, showing how the four-day event in July this year benefited Portsmouth and UK. Mr Mills said: ‘This year was an extraordinary introduction to the America’s Cup with almost 250,000 people coming along over the four-day event.

‘But there were clearly things that we could have done better and it particular we had a large ticketed area for families, which meant they had to go through security and we have done away with that.

‘If people want to come along and have a picnic with their families on Southsea Common then they can.

‘The other feedback we had was on those who were really interested in the technical part of the sport wanted to be closer.

‘They wanted to be closer to the boats and closer to the sailors and understand how it all works.

‘We have created the Race Village which will have 20,000 tickets at a lower price from this year.’