Young designers can enter an America’s Cup trophy contest

Leo Howard showing the Duchess of Cambridge his winning design last year Picture: Lloyd Images
Leo Howard showing the Duchess of Cambridge his winning design last year Picture: Lloyd Images
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THE dreams of one young designer will be turned into reality if they win the competition to design a trophy for the America’s Cup.

Children are being encouraged to design the main prize for the sailing contest, which takes place in Portsmouth from July 21 to 24.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas and creativity

Jeremy Houghton

Jeremy Houghton, official artist of Sir Ben Ainslie city-based team Land Rover BAR, is on a panel that will choose the winning entry.

He said: ‘I’m delighted to be involved in this competition, which I hope will get children and young people across Hampshire thinking about design and technology, and excited about this fantastic sailing event.

‘I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas and creativity and to see those ideas turned into a beautiful trophy that becomes a little piece of sailing history.’

The winning design will be turned into a trophy and presented to the winning America’s Cup team at a prize-giving ceremony.

When the competition was run last year more than 2,000 youngsters entered.

The winning entry was by six-year-old Leo Howard from Solent Infant School in Farlington, whose trophy design merged the Spinnaker Tower with a racing catamaran.

A trophy based on Leo’s drawing was handed to winning skipper Sir Ben Ainslie by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The competition is run by The News and the 1851 Trust, a charity that aims to inspire young people through sailing and the marine industry.

Anyone aged five to 16 who lives in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight can enter.

Young designers should try to include symbols or icons of Portsmouth, the 1851 Trust logo, an AC45 racing catamaran or something else with a maritime theme into their entries.

Designs should be done on A4 paper and posted to TEAMORIGIN Events, Land Rover BAR, The Camber, East Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2JJ. The winner will get a pair of tickets to visit the America’s Cup race village on July 24, the final day of racing, and will be involved in the trophy presentation.

Other judges will include Land Rover BAR sailor and 1851 Trust ambassador David Carr and The News editor Mark Waldron. The competition closes on June 6. For more information visit