SAILING fans in Portsmouth have been hailed as some of the globe’s best by World Series’ hosts.
Presenter and commentator of this weekend’s contest, Tucker Thompson has praised the people of Portsmouth for their phenomenal support.
Speaking to The News moments after the prize giving ceremony finished, the American said: ‘Portsmouth was clearly one of the best venues of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
‘This is the only venue that we’ve returned to for a second time and it really shows. The fans here are just phenomenal. They’re some of the best, if not the best, we have ever seen.’
The Race Village, in Southsea, was packed with screaming fans, who cheered as Sir Ben Ainslie picked up the trophy.
The event’s co-host, Andy Green – himself a former match racer – added the city’s pride of its maritime history shone through.
‘The history of Portsmouth and the passion of the fans had for it showed today.
‘The fans were celebrating now having a real chance to make history after 165 years and take the America’s Cup home.’
Earlier in the day, Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team stormed to victory in Portsmouth and now top the series’ tables by one point.
Team members were all presented with winners’ medals by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and bags by event sponsors Louis Vuitton.