Royal Navy support to the America's Cup

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, the Royal Navy is once again providing services and support as an Official Stakeholder to ensure this July’s four-day spectacular in Portsmouth is even bigger and better in 2016.


The partnership between the Royal Navy and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – Portsmouth is a natural fit for many reasons. Maritime history, marine development, supporting innovation and technologies for the future, and contributing to significant business opportunities in Portsmouth. 

Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth: “It would be difficult to think of anywhere in Great Britain that has a stronger affiliation with the maritime world than Portsmouth, and it is very important for the international teams to have access to the city’s naval dockyard within Her Majesty’s  Naval Base in Portsmouth.”

The UK is a maritime nation and the Royal Navy continues to be at the heart of protecting and promoting our prosperity on the high seas. 

Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Commander of HM Naval Base Portsmouth, is looking forward to welcoming the international teams back for a second year. “We are doing everything we can to help facilitate this exciting maritime competition in the spiritual home of the Royal Navy, noting the huge benefits it brings to the UK, and to Portsmouth in particular.”

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Village

There will also be a Royal Navy presence in the official Race Village on Southsea Common where spectators young and old can meet the men and women of the Royal Navy.
Visitors will also be able to look around an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC), vehicles and equipment while the more active fans can take on the Royal Marines climbing wall challenge.

Entry to the Race Village is by ticket only which can be bought in advance or on the day.

Location Portsmouth

The America's Cup

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wing-sailed 45ft catamarans.

The regatta returns to Portsmouth for 22 to 24th July 2016.

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Naval Base Footprint


The Naval Base footprint being taken up by the competing teams is 1,740 square meters.

queen's harbour master

As well as providing berthing and technical facilities on site, the Royal Navy’s Queen’s Harbour Master is instrumental in clearing a safe race course for the event, which last year attracted thousands of spectator vessels. 

The technologically advanced, carbon-fibre AC45 catamarans are capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots. It’s the kind of marine technology that is well appreciated and understood in Portsmouth, which for more than 400 years has been a centre of maritime innovation for the Royal Navy.

With the six international crews travelling at such high speeds in close proximity to the shore, the need for careful stewardship of the race course is vital. 

The event is well served by a large number of Royal Navy vessels, not least the frigate HMS Kent, whose 436ft presence will act as official Guard Ship.

Planning for both the maritime and onshore activities for this major event is focused on the safety of competitors, spectators and other water users. 

Clearly marked race marshals, safety craft, police boats and QHM craft will be on hand to safely shepherd non-participants away from the high-speed yachts in the racing area.

HMNB Portsmouth

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Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth

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Leslie Greenhalgh, Event Director of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth concluded: 

“As we saw last year, the support we have received from the Royal Navy is fundamental to the successful hosting of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. This is a wonderful opportunity to display the tremendous maritime and naval heritage of the city. 

"I’d like to thank the hard-working team in the Naval Base, for giving their time and energy. The event offers ‘something for everyone’ and we encourage fans from around Britain to visit Portsmouth and support Land Rover BAR on home waters and experience the spectacle of the America’s Cup.”


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