BILLIONAIRE businessman Larry Ellison has arrived in style as the clock ticks down to the America’s Cup World Series.
The founder of Oracle Team USA turned heads as he rocked up off Portsmouth’s shores onboard his superyacht Musashi.
Mr Ellison, who is worth $54bn, is one of a number of high-profile guests set to watch the sailing spectacle, Olympic sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie and British challengers Land Rover BAR.
It’s now just two days to go until World Series action gets underway. There’s a full programme of entertainment and the main racing will take place over Saturday and Sunday and culminate with a prize-giving ceremony featuring Royals the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Oracle Team USA skipper James ‘Jimmy’ Spithill, who has been training in the Solent, said the challenge of the cup helps to pull in star guests.
The Americans are the holders of the America’s Cup after winning the finals of the competition in 2013 following a stunning comeback inspired by Sir Ben, who was then sailing for them.
Speaking to The News, Jimmy said: ‘It’s awesome having people like Larry here. That’s what is so cool about the races. It’s one of those things money can’t buy.’
Land Rover BAR are also feeling optimistic. Crew member David ‘Freddie’ Carr said: ‘As a sailing team, we’re ready to go. It’s almost a case of I wish it started tomorrow, because we are kind of champing at the bit.
‘It really is the ultimate line-up of sailors and there’s just no way you’re not going to be taking it to the limit.’
Meanwhile, Express FM are teaming up with Airwaves Media to offer cup followers a Portsmouth Live! special event radio. Coverage of the four-day event will include traffic and travel information, interviews with the teams and commentary.
Airwaves managing director Steve Ancsell said: ‘This is an opportunity to bring coverage of this, America’s Cup 21st century foiling-style sailing to my old home town where I discovered sailing as a kid. I’m really excited to be involved in this ground-breaking event in Portsmouth.’
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