First America's Cup-Related Racing Since 1851 Scheduled for the Solent

Auld Mug returns to Portsmouth England after 164 years

Portsmouth UK will host the opening World Series regatta of 2015

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The America’s Cup is back in Old Blighty.

Not in the hands of the Royal Yacht Squadron, mind you, but the silver trophy has returned to England. Portsmouth on Saturday and Sunday will host the opening America’s Cup World Series regatta of 2015.

It’ll be cialis generic for sale the first America’s Cup related racing on the Solent since 1851, when the schooner America beat a fleet of British ships around the Isle of Wight, with Queen Victoria watching the finish.

Fast forward 164 years, and while the racing is now contested in cutting-edgecatamarans, there’s still a royal touch.

Prince William and his wife Kate — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — will be in Portsmouth on Sunday to cheer on Sir Ben Ainslie’s team, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing.

Ainslie, knighted after winning his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games, hopes to be the one who finally returns the oldest trophy in international sports to its ancestral home.

“The America’s Cup started here in 1851,” Ainslie said. “We’ve had a few shots over the past 164 years, but we’ve never come that close to winning. It’s important to us to get that job done now.”

Ainslie certainly has a sense of history, as does Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of two-time America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA.

“The Isle of Wight, we can see it, it’s so close,” Spithill said. “It’s kind of cool that it’s gone full circle.”

Spithill noted that a J-class boat from the 1930s will be in Portsmouth as part of the festivities.

“To see that out there on the water, and to see the rocket ships we’ve got now, it’s a pretty cool transition” Spithill said. “It’s good to see the sport has taken a quantum leap.”

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Oracle Team USA cruises along the water front Thursday afternoon in Portsmouth, England. An America’s Cup World Series regatta will be held there this weekend.