America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth
Hi tech, supercharged sailing combines with the world famous historic ships and museums of Portsmouth for a brilliant day out this summer as The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series comes to town from Thursday 23rd July and Sunday 26th July.
There’s a one-off chance to get out on the water for a bird’s eye view of the sailing action with specially chartered boat tours from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is part of Portsmouth Naval Base, which is playing host to the technical area and team base, effectively the pit lanes of the premier racing circuit.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series features the best sailors in the world competing on AC45s – 45 foot foiling catamarans. The circuit will travel to a number of locations around the world over the two years and kicks off in Portsmouth, with its rich offer of maritime history and the spiritual home of the Royal Navy.
The Technical Area and Team Base will be located around the historic No. 1 basin which lies alongside Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory and the recently opened, multi-award winning Mary Rose Museum. The basin is accessible and viewed from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and surrounded by historic buildings and the everyday operation of a working naval base. As official supporters of the race, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is delighted to be offering specially chartered boat tours out onto the water from its jetty to see the boats in action and capture the festival atmosphere off shore.
Boat tour ticket holders will see the race participants prepare each morning for the parade of sail out to the race course and see views of the on-water race action (1300 - 1500 only) before returning to the Historic Dockyard after racing.
On Thursday 23 & Friday 24 July it will be free to access the Historic Dockyard with a valid attraction ticket which is available online www.historicdockyard.co.uk or on arrival. An all-inclusive attraction ticket gives entry to all the attractions on site plus a number locally.
On Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th there will be a one-off charge of £10 per person to enter the Historic Dockyard site (or £25 for a family of up to 2 adults + 3 children) and then visitors can choose whether to purchase a ticket to visit the attractions or enjoy the spectacle of the America’s Cup crews preparing for racing. Existing ticket holders will need to buy this ticket before accessing any of America’s Cup content or the attractions.
John Rawlinson, Interim Director of Visitor Experience said, on behalf of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard “A typical day will see visitors watching the teams and boats as they prepare for the racing action each day, experiencing a fascinating behind the scenes perspective on this highly technical and skilled sport. There will be amazing views each morning and afternoon of the boats being craned in and out.
They can then opt to buy a ticket for a boat tour to get out on the water or stay on site, watch the big screen action, enjoy the atmosphere or buy one of our tickets to go aboard the historic ships or into the museums. I can’t think of a better place to get caught up in the action than alongside the best historic ships in the world – which they can then go onboard and visit!”
There is a variety of ticket options with packages available for entry to the site; boat tours and access to the attractions. For further details visit www.historicdockyard.co.uk.
Boat tours are available daily and cost £10 per person (no concessions) or £25 for a family (Up to 2 adults + 3 children) and can be booked online www.historicdockyard.co.uk. They are on a first come, first served basis.
On Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July Premium Boat tours cost £50 per person and include access to Historic Dockyard site but not to the attractions.
*Please note that all boat tours (including premium) are subject to weather conditions and also final confirmation from the Official Race Organisers.