Changes to be made after criticism of America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth


Changes to the staging of America's Cup World Series events in Portsmouth are to be introduced, following criticism of last year's event.

A city council report said the yacht racing in July 2015 boosted visitor numbers and raised the city's profile. However, it highlighted confusion among spectators about ticketing and criticised steel fencing at the site. Among changes planned for this year's event is scrapping of evening entertainment.

The four-day weekend event in July 2015, run by TeamOrigin Events, marked the opening stage of the sailing series as Sir Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) began Britain's bid to win the 35th America's Cup.

While the Saturday events attracted about 100,000 spectators, racing was cancelled and the public viewing areas evacuated due to bad weather on Sunday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among those disappointed as racing was abandoned and there was criticism on social media over spectator provision.

Read the full report here.

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