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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.

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.

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Sir Ben says sailing centre will 'add to Portsmouth's history'

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.

Sir Ben Ainslie awarded freedom of Lymington

Sir Ben Ainslie is the first to be awarded with the honour in the area's history Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive

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 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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Ainslie is America's Cup tactician

Ben Ainslie Credit: Meridian

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.

Ainslie's Olympic retirement

Hampshire sailor Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete for a fifth Olympic Gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Ben Ainslie from Lymington has said he wants to focus on the Americas Cup.

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