A British boat has never won the America's Cup. But Sir Ben Ainslie, from Lymington, is hoping to change that. The America's Cup World Series counts towards the qualification. It began in Portsmouth in July - with Sir Ben and co. winning the opening leg. The weather wasn't kind that weekend. So they, and our own Sally Simmonds, must be delighted this weekend's leg is in Bermuda!
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.
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.
Despite some local opposition over his new world class centre for sailing excellence ahead of the 35th America's Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie says he's confident that 'Portsmouth is where we want to be'. He spoke to Fred Dinenage on ITV News Meridian.
His team have also marked two sites in Southampton for the sailing nerve centre for America's Cup but say Old Portsmouth would be preferred.
The new design shows the potential for a high-tech training centre in Old Portsmouth, which would serve as a base for sailors to host the America's Cup in years to come.
Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie is being awarded with the Freedom of Lymington and Pennington today.
It's in recognition of his achievements in the sport. The five time Olympic medallist is the first person to be conferred the honour in the area's history.
Sir Ben Ainslie has been describing the highs and lows of his America's Cup campaign. The Hampshire yachtsman masterminded the greatest comeback in America's Cup history as he overturned an 8-1 deficit to snatch victory from a flabbergasted New Zealand team.
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.
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.
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.
Only twice before in the 162-year history of the competition has there been a winner-take-all race, in 1920 and 1983 respectively
Ahead of races 6 & 7 in the 2013 America's Cup series, it has been confirmed Ben Ainslie will sail as tactician to Oracle Team USA. The team trail by four points to minus one to Emirates Team New Zealand in the first-to-nine-wins series.
Gold medalist Ainslie, from Lymington, has been helming Team Oracle's second boat all summer, and has now been drafted into help salvage their competition.
Sir Ben Ainslie stormed across the finish line accompanied by a swarm of RIBs and a photo helicopter, to smash the 12-year-old race record. He finished the race in two hours 52 minutes 15 seconds, carving more than 16 minutes off Francis Joyon's 2001 time.
Sir Ben Ainslie, four times Olympic champion, at the start of the race. He has been paying tribute to fellow sailing gold medallist Andrew Simpson who was killed while training for the America's Cup.