This Frequently Asked Questions info from Team Origin, organisers of the America’s Cup Portsmouth challenge.
Frequently Asked Questions
LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES PORTSMOUTH
Please read the official event T&C’s here
Please contact Ticketmaster directly here
What is the America’s Cup?
The America’s Cup is the premier sporting event in the sport of sailing and the oldest trophy in world sport. The first event was organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851, it was a single race around the Isle of Wight, open to yachts of all nations. The prize was a Cup that was valued at One Hundred Pounds sterling. The black schooner ‘America’ won the contest, outclassing the rest of the field. To honour that victory, the trophy was renamed the ‘America’s Cup’ and became a challenge trophy, open to sailing clubs of all nations. For 164 years, the America’s Cup has become one of sport’s most revered trophies with challenges characterised famously by some of the most thrilling dramas – and bitter rivalries – in sporting history. The incredible fact is the event started in the UK and Great Britain has yet to win it!
What is the America’s Cup World Series event all about and what can we expect if we go to watch?
The America’s Cup World Series is a collection of regattas leading up to the 35th America’s Cup (which will be hosted by Bermuda in 2017) featuring the best sailors in the world battling it out on AC45F catamarans that ‘fly’ on foils at astonishing speeds of up to 40 mph. Every race will count with vital points being secured ahead of the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda come 2017. The Portsmouth event takes 21-14 July 2016. With the racing taking place at almost touching distance from the onshore spectators and cannot fail to be spectacular, thanks to the big screens, family entertainment and a regatta village all happening in Southsea, Portsmouth.
What is the Race Village?
The ‘Race Village’ for the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth will be located in Southsea, Portsmouth and contains family friendly features and exciting interactive content focused on the sport of sailing. Fans will be able to learn about the history, the technology, the teams and the sailors of the America’s Cup.
Key ‘Race Village’ features include:
- Main stage hosted by world class MC’s with a full programme of entertainment. Including dock out show/interviews with the sailors before and post analysis after racing.
- Team Zone with the opportunities to meet the sailors.
- Large screens and audio commentary
- America’s Cup technology zone
- Exhibitors to suit all interests including a dedicated kids zone, retail outlets, food, drink and café / bar offerings.
Most importantly the ‘Race Village’ enables you to watch the racing action as the best sailors in the world race on the fastest boats. Combined with aerobatic displays and live music – this makes for a ‘Great British day out’
What is a ‘Premier Grandstand Seat’?
The premier grandstand is located at the front of the ‘Race Village’ and offers fantastic views of the race course with live audio commentary as the teams battle it out at speeds reaching 40mph. The Premier Grandstand Seat must be purchased as an upgraded ticket and is not included with a standard ‘Race Village’ ticket.
What is the ‘Sailors Lounge’?
The sailors lounge is a full covered ‘pop-up sailing club’ providing access to a private bar with a professional sailing MC hosting the day. Special guest speakers will provide expert America’s Cup inside knowledge. The package includes:
- Guaranteed ‘Premier Grandstand Seat’ with great views directly over the race course
- Private bar within the sailors lounge
- Lunch and drinks voucher
- ‘Race Village’ Queue jump
- Live screen and audio commentary broadcasting the Racing
Where is the Race Village located in Southsea?
For full location details please click here
Do I need a ticket to access Southsea common?
Southsea common is not within the Race Village area and can be accessed by general public with no restrictions.
What tickets are available?
There are three ticket options:
- Race Village
- Race Village + Premier Grandstand Seat
- Sailors lounge (Premier Grandstand Seat included)
Tickets are per day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also the option to purchase weekend tickets (Sat & Sun) and family tickets. Tickets purchased are date specific so please make sure you buy the ticket for the correct day
Can I buy tickets on the day to the Race Village?
Access on the day will depend on the capacity each day. In the 2015 the Race Village sold out on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, to avoid disappointment we advise that you book in advance. If there is still capacity on the day, registration and ticket booking will be available on site.
What time does the ‘Race Village’ open and close?
- Friday 1100 – 1800 hrs.
- Saturday 1100 – 1800 hrs.
- Sunday 1100 – 1830 hrs.
What is the re-entry policy for the day sailing and evening concerts?
Re-entry to the event will be permitted, but please note you will still be required to queue and be searched when re-entering the site. No re-entry will be permitted within 30 minutes of the published closing times
Will there be disability access?
There will be Blue Badge parking locations for the Race Village. These will be announced in due course.
The Race Village is flat and grassy and easily accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter.
The Race Village will have ramped access to all areas.
Accessible viewing platforms will be provided in prime locations to watch the racing, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
How do I gain entry to the Race Village?
When you buy a ticket to the Race Village through Ticketmaster, you will receive an email link to the PDF that you need to print off to use as your ticket to gain entry. This will be scanned upon entry. Alternatively, if you have requested physical tickets rather than an email link, you will receive these by post.
I do not have access to a printer to print my PDF tickets, what should I do?
If you are unable to print your tickets then please make your way to the box office at the entrance upon your arrival at the Race Village with proof of ID and proof of your ticket purchase, and we can reprint your tickets.
Are kids free?
Children under the age of 5 are free to enter the Race Village alongside a paying adult. However, children under the age of 5 must be registered for a free ticket; this can be used to access the Race Village if accompanied by a paying adult.
What are the entry age restrictions?
Anyone aged 15year or under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18year.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
No alcohol or glass can be brought into the event, due to the licensing restrictions placed upon us. Factory Sealed water containers may be brought onto site. Any other liquids will not be permitted. This is also a condition of our license. Empty drinking water bottles can be brought onto site to be filled from one of the supplied free drinking water points.
No food can be brought into the venue – we will have a wide range of local food concessions inside the venue. Baby/toddler or any dietary/allergy food will be permitted
What time does the racing start? What are the timings of the day? When to arrive and racing starts?
The current racing window is set from 1330 – 1500, exact start times are weather dependent.
Timings will be refined and up to date schedules posted on our website and social media. Stay tuned!
However, we advise to arrive early to ensure the best viewing position on the shoreline and enjoy the festivities in the Race village.
How close will the boats get to the shoreline?
The boats will be approximately 50-100m away from the shoreline at their closest approach, and no more than about a mile away at their furthest.
What happens if racing is cancelled?
If no racing starts on any given day, then the cost of the entrance to the Race Village and Grandstand ticket (if applicable) will be refunded. The Race Village entertainment will carry on as planned and there will still be lots of entertainment and fun for all – the onshore side of the programme will go on as planned unless otherwise advised.
What other entertainment is going on that day?
Detailed schedules of all entertainment featured throughout the day will be posted on our website and social media in the near future. There will be a full programme of aerobatic and watersports based displays. The full schedule of entertainment will be posted on our event schedule page.
Where can I stay?
Accommodation options within Portsmouth are detailed here. Hotel rooms were full in 2015 and we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Can I see the racing from the Race Village?
Yes – The racing will be visible from the Race Village as it borders the shoreline and is in close proximity to the racing. Racing will also be shown on large screens with full shoreside commentary.
Can I bring fold up chairs and blankets to the Race Village?
Yes – camping chairs and similar seating will be permitted on site. However there may be restrictions placed on their use in certain crowded areas. Blankets will also be permitted.
Where can I park?
There will be extensive park and ride facilities on and around the approach roads into Portsmouth. Details of the parking facilities will be released in due course, both on our website and social media.
Can I bring my mobile home?
Mobile homes are permitted in the car park during the day. Standard parking rates apply and will be released in due course. However, no overnight parking is permitted. Pre-booking details for the car park will be released before the event.
Best way for me to get to the event?
The best way to get to the event is by public transport, there are a number of Park & Ride options available, details will be provided closer to the time and detailed on our website. The Visit Portsmouth website also has details on further transport options, for further information click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ON THE WATER
Can I watch the racing from the water?
In 2015, over 25,000 spectators watched the racing on-board private and chartered boats which made for a fantastic atmosphere on the water. The key change to watching on water for 2016 is that we encourage all boats planning to watch on water to register the following details by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name of Skipper
- Email contact of Skipper
- Size of boat
- Type of boat (power, sail or Rib)
- Number of expected guests
Registration will enable every boat owner to receive race course information, safety information and exact location to view racing from and regular updates during the event. We have outlined below the key information you need to get out on the water during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth 2016.
If you have your own boat and wish to watch on the water, first of all register your details with email@example.com and you will be sent the on water viewing pack. QHM (Queen Harbour Master) will publish a Notice to Mariners approx. 3 weeks before the event. There will be designated viewing areas on water for larger and smaller boats around the outside of the race course. The race course itself will be smaller for the 2016 Portsmouth event, it will again be rectangle in shape and will have an exclusion zone marshalled and buoyed so it is clearly visible. This is the protect all involved from a safety point of view. No anchoring is allowed but there will be plenty of space and plenty to see for all.
Preferred charter partners
For those without access to a boat of their own who wish to experience the racing from the water and create their own special experience, the following two companies are preferred charter partners of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth. They can both provide a tailored on water hospitality package which can encompass watching the spectacular racing:
Solent Rib Charters – If you wish charter either a skippered or bareboat RIB for the event, contact the official preferred RIB supplier, www.solentribcharter.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1590 607 101
Sunsail – If you would like to entertain guests on a fully insured and coded yacht or motor boat, our official preferred charter partner is www.sunsail.co.uk who are offering places for a day or the whole event for sailors of any ability. Tel: +44 (0) 23 9222 2221
Is the water controlled by Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth?
No the water is controlled by the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) Portsmouth and he will publish a Local Notice to Mariners approx. 3 weeks prior to the event
Can I buy a flag to gain access to a closer in, special viewing area?
No, there are no special areas and no sale of flags
Will there be different flags on the water?
Yes there will be flags to designate different areas and all the details of this will be on the official ACWS web site
Can I buy hospitality for the on water race viewing?
Yes, Official hospitality packages will be available via ACWS preferred suppliers.
Will there be a speed limit?
A speed limit and minimal wash requirement is enforceable in accordance with LNTM
Which days will the Local Notice to Mariners apply for?
It will apply for three days July 22nd to 24th inclusive. The racing will take place on the 23rd and 24th July (practice races on 22nd)
I understand that Portsmouth Harbour requires the use of pilots?
This is correct and the enforcement is via Portsmouth Comerical Port. Pilots are required on vessels over 48 mts, as well as vessels over 20 mts if they have more than 12 fee paying passengers on board.