It has been announced that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will visit Portsmouth on 24th July, to see the return of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series following an event, last year. Their visit will begin with a trip to Sir Ben Ainslie’s LandRover BAR team base, to look around the state of the art test boats and meet the team who are using advanced design and technology to help achieve the goal of bringing the trophy home. Sir Ben Ainslie’s team is the first British team to contest an official America’s Cup event on home waters since the competition began in 1851.
They will then join thousands of spectators in the Race Village on Southport seafront watching teams from USA, France, New Zealand, Japan and Sweden, together with the British Challenger compete in a series of three races in the Solent. Once the racing has finished, the Duke and Duchess will visit the team exhibits in the Race Village where they will get a chance to speak with not only the six teams to find out how they enjoyed the racing, but also a chance to meet the technical staff from all the teams who can explain the various yacht designs as they are anchored in a row along the jetty.
Their Royal Highnesses will be joined by children from the 1851 Trust, who the Duchess is the Patron. The Trust which is an affiliate of the LandRover BAR team is seeking to use the publicity of the America’s Cup and hopefully the success of the team to empower a wider group of the youth of Great Britain to gain an interest in sailing as a sport. In addition to that, because they can see the application of the knowledge in the design of the racing yacht, more children will enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as their chosen career. But, in the times we live in they will also be encouraged to achieve all this through sustainability and considering the environment around them.
The final act of the Duke and Duchess will be to head to the Main Stage where they will present the Trophy for this round of the challenger competition to the winning skipper and crew.