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Sir Ben Ainslie releases new video of world class sailing centre in Portsmouth

Ainslie Racing has released this computer generated artists's impression of what his proposed America's Cup sailing centre in Portsmouth if the scheme gets the go-ahead. Yesterday the Prime Minister pledged £7.5 million support for the project with an additional £1.4 million from the city council.

Ben's bid to win back America Cup could be possible...

Video. First he got the Duchess of Cambridge backing him, now he has the Prime Minister too. Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to win back the oldest trophy in sport got a big gust of wind in its sails today, thanks to a multi-million pound grant.

At 10 Downing Street this morning he was promised more than £7 million for his dream to win back the America's Cup. It will bring investment and jobs to Portsmouth too.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to the man himself Sir Ben Ainslie, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

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Jobs boost for Portsmouth thanks to Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup sailing centre

A spokesman for Ben** **Ainslie Racing said the headquarters would initially employ 90 people with more potential jobs in the supply chain.

He said: "It will become the focal point for the design, construction & development of the team's boats & will also provide sports science & fitness facilities.

Construction work will start immediately and should be completed by May 2015.

An apprenticeship and training scheme will ensure the site is sustainable and there will be a drive to ensure the project acts as a catalyst to encourage participation in the sport of sailing, all areas of the marine industry and develop the talent of the future.

The project has the potential to bring significant economic and sporting benefits to the UK, particularly for Portsmouth and the wider Solent area.

A recent report on Team New Zealand suggested that its base in Auckland created 1,000 jobs and brought an 88 million NZ dollar (£45 million) boost to the local economy.

– Spokesperson for Sir Ben Ainslie

Sir Ben Ainslie gets backing for his Portsmouth centre for sailing excellence

The proposed Ben Ainslie Racing team base planned for Portsmouth Credit: Sir Ben Ainslie/PA

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben** **Ainslie has been granted £7.5 million by the Government to build a base for his America's Cup team.

The centre to be built in Portsmouth is expected to create 90 jobs and act as an economic boost to the Hampshire city.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Sir Ben Ainslie at Downing St Credit: PA

Announcing the funding at Downing Street, the prime minister David Cameron said: "Sir Ben** **Ainslie's project is truly fantastic news for Portsmouth and the Solent.

"It will not only build on Portsmouth's global reputation as a centre of marine and maritime excellence but will also deliver a real sporting and economic boost to the UK.

Sir Ben said: "Portsmouth has a great maritime heritage and we felt it was a natural home for the team's permanent base in the UK.

"There is excellent access to the water for the team's training and to host future America's Cup events, with fantastic spectator viewpoints.

Ben Ainslie's America's Cup base approved by planners

Plans by four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie to build a new sailing base in Portsmouth for his America's Cup team have been approved by council planners.

A committee was set up to oppose the building at Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth, which would include high-tech training and medical facilities. Sir Ben believes up to a thousand new jobs could be created by the base - a final decision will be made by the council next month.

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Royal support to get British team in America's Cup 2017

Video. It's the world oldest international sporting trophy and today, Sir Ben Ainslie announced he's leading a British challenge for the America's Cup.

The four-time Olympic champion from Lymington wants to base the team in Hampshire and believes it will pump millions of pounds into the local economy. His ambitious plans are receiving Royal support, as David Reilly explains.

We spoke to Sir Ben Ainslie and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt.

Sir Ben Ainslie on the brink of one of the biggest come-backs in sporting history

Emirates Team New Zealand battle Team Oracle USA (with Sir Ben Ainslie on the crew) Credit: Ben Argot/AP Photo

It's called the America's Cup but it all started off the Isle of Wight in 1851 when an a crew from America beat a crew from Hampshire to win what is now the oldest trophy in sport - the Auld Mug.

The crew of Team Oracle USA hitting a wave at 40 knots Credit: Ben Argot/AP Photo

ORACLE TEAM USA scored its sixth consecutive win in Race 17 of the 34th America’s Cup and lies within one point of Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis have needed just one win to capture the America’s Cup after moving opening a lead of 8-1 last Wednesday, and now lead the series 8-7.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill insists his Oracle Team USA are still the underdogs despite recording their sixth and seventh straight wins to take the America's Cup to a decider against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Team Oracle USA were 8-1 down in the series until Sir Ben Ainslie became tactician Credit: Ben Argot/AP Photo

Spithill's team, with Sir Ben Ainslie as the tactician, have battled back magnificently and won race 17 by 27 seconds and race 18 by 54 seconds to set up a winner-take-all finale on Wednesday evening.

Another victory for Team Oracle USA in the America's Cup Credit: Ben Argot/AP Photo

Only twice before in the 162-year history of the competition has there been a winner-take-all race, in 1920 and 1983 respectively

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