America's Cup World Series to kick off in Portsmouth

THOUSANDS of people will line the seafront to watch teams from across the globe battle in the very first America’s Cup regattas of the series.

It comes as it has been revealed the four-day World Series events in Portsmouth are due to take place off Southsea seafront in June 2015 and July 2016.

Organisers hope to put on a festival on Southsea Common close to the finish line. Race action further off the coast will be shown on big screens.

Leslie Greenhalgh, events director at America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, said: ‘What we’ve got together is a really public show with lots of other events going on around the racing.

‘It’s a bit like a rally car but the course is a lot closer.

‘They’re going to be 45ft catamarans – they fly above the water and can be doing anything from 25 to 30 knots.’

Final details will be confirmed in an announcement later this month.

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