The America’s Cup World Series arrived in Portsmouth last weekend, the first time its been seen on UK waters in 164 years. Despite the good old British summer trying its best to scupper things and blow the whole event out of town, all in all it went pretty well.
Ben Ainslie’s BAR team came away with overall victory pipping Oracle USA by a point whilst over 100,000 people watched on from the land and the water to take in the action. Leading ‘Sir Ben’ to proclaim “The event has been a huge success. I’ve never seen anything like yesterday. I was just delighted we were able to perform well in front of our home crowd. This is a good start to bringing the America’s Cup to Portsmouth. We have seen how much actual support there would be for the event and what a great race course it is out there.”
But what has this got to do with us and our pontoons?
We were fortunate enough to be approached by Team Origin, the organisers of the Portsmouth legs to supply additional pontoon within the naval yard to allow the AC45 race boats to be moored up prior to being crane lifted into a basin within the Naval Yard for overnight storage.
The boys were lucky enough to get up close to the boats whilst installing the pontoons and get a few photos. Take a look at our Facebook page to see a few of the images.
It was an absolute pleasure to have been involved with such a massive event for the south coast, fingers crossed Ben and his team can keep it up and we could see the full America’s Cup being fought for in UK waters in a few years time.