When the America's Cup World Series begins in Portsmouth on July 23, it will be the first time that spectators will see close-action racing on AC45s with foils. The on-water activities will be incredible but it sounds as though the Brits are also planning a huge time on land. We found this report from Miles O'Leary in The News, a local Portsmouth paper:
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.’
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