Sunsail becomes official charter partner of

America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth

13 April 2016 

Sunsail has been named as an official charter partner for the upcoming round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth from 22-24 July 2016. This breath-taking event with the best sailors and the fastest boats will take place just off Portsmouth’s Southsea Common, close to Sunsail’s UK base in Port Solent. This game of strategy and tactics, where ‘there is no second’, is an action not to be missed.

Leslie Greenhalgh, Events Director, Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, says “We are really pleased to be working with Sunsail for the second year running. They are a major brand in the UK and global sailing business presenting a fantastic opportunity for people to get out on the Solent as well as watching our event. It’s a perfect way to bring a group of clients, employees or friends out on the water for a thrilling experience and we look forward to welcoming existing and new guests through Sunsail to our event.”

Come sea or land, we will be there. Visit the Sunsail stand in the race village near the ‘Techzone’ and enter the competition for a chance to win a host of prizes.

Sunsail are offering full hospitality packages on both sail and powerboats from just £2,495 + VAT per boat. The packages include all professional crew and catering required for a fantastic day on the water to watch the action. 

Sunsail General Manager Scott Farquharson: “It’s great to be on-board, supporting the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth for what is deemed to be the most exciting event in the UK this summer. What’s not to love about watching the fastest boats compete on water from a prime position, supporting the British Team in their home waters for the final time before heading overseas?” 

Last chance to come and support the British team competing in their home waters, so don't miss out and email [email protected] for more information.

Friday: Exclusively for the opening day, the six America’s Cup teams will compete in match racing duels alongside the usual fleet races. During the day, the Red Arrows in their distinctive nine red Hawk jets will show off their legendary high speed air display.

Saturday:  The fleet racing programme gets underway. If that’s not enough there will be aerial displays by the Bladesdisplay team with a routine that includes over 30 manoeuvres.

Super Sunday: The final day of action sees double points up for grabs in the racing as the winner takes it all, with more spectacular aerial displays by The Red Bull Matadors who will be flying at speeds of up to 250mph to round off the feast of speed.

History of the America’s Cup

In 1851 a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race.

As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place. ”Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply. That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.

That day in August, 1851, the yacht America, representing the young New York Yacht Club, would go on to beat the best the British could offer and win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. This was more than a simple boat race however, as it symbolised a great victory for the new world over the old, a triumph that unseated Great Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power. 

The trophy would go to the young democracy of the United States and it would be well over 100 years before it was taken away from New York. 

Shortly after America won the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, New York Yacht Club Commodore John Cox Stevens and the rest of his ownership syndicate sold the celebrated schooner and returned home to New York as heroes. They donated the trophy to the New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift, which stated that the trophy was to be “a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations.”

Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the winning schooner America, as opposed to the country.

The America’s Cup is without a doubt the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In the more than 150 years since that first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the “oldest trophy in international sport.” For some perspective, consider that there had been nine contests for the America’s Cup before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.

For all media enquiries please contact:

Marion Telsnig
Tel: +44 (0)208 939 5027
Email:  [email protected]

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