Priceless America’s Cup trophy delivered ashore by Royal Marines

The priceless America’s Cup trophy, the oldest sporting trophy in history dating back to 1851, was delivered ashore onto Southsea beach at around 1050 this morning (Thursday 23 July) by Royal Marines from 1 Assault Group in their Landing Craft escorted by Offshore Raiding Craft.

Royal Marine Captain Daz Johnston coordinated the amphibious landing from the shore with Corporal Scotty Billington as the coxswain of the landing craft responsible for carrying the precious trophy from HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

The International Racing teams competing for the America’s Cup World Series have located their team bases and technical equipment in the Naval Base over the next four days.

On board the LCVP was Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Commander of Portsmouth Naval Base accompanying Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of Team Origin (Event Management of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth) and Dr Harvey Schiller, Commercial Director of the America’s Cup Race series.

The VIPs were delivered safely to the beach where they proceeded to the Fanzone on the Waterfront site where the Cup was displayed. 

The Cup arrived under guard into the Naval Dockyard at 6am this morning in a padded bespoke Louis Vuitton case and took pride of place on the UK’s national Breakfast TV channels.

Sir Ben Ainslie spoke to reporters about his team, Landrover BAR’s chances of seizing the Cup from the American Team Oracle to the TV presenters.

The Royal Navy has a key role in delivering the event through the provision of technical services in the naval Base and is also supporting Race Command and Control and Marshalling on the water. 

HMS St Albans, a Type 23 Portsmouth-based Frigate acted as Guardship for the event  anchored in the background of the racing arena, while patrol vessels HMS Dasher and HMS Express will be on the water with the Sailing Director and VIPs attending the event.

The Royal Navy Ships will escort the AC 45 racing yachts to the arena off Southsea each day.

HMS St Albans sounded her signal cannon at 1200 as she left Portsmouth harbour today signalling the start of the Parade of Sail.