ACWS Portsmouth: The Venue

An inside look at the venue for the kick off of the America's Cup World Series.


Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city packed with great reasons to visit. From the pomp and ceremony of the proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.

Ideally situated on the south coast of England the UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea. The city offers a rich cultural offer with magnificent theatres, live music venues, contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, galleries, nightclubs, events and festivals throughout the year.


Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Located mainly on Portsea Island, it is the United Kingdom’s only island city

A spectacular range of events are planned every year in Portsmouth, on Southsea Seafront and in Portsmouth’s museums, galleries, theatres, live venues and parks.

On the Water


The race course and racing buoys will be laid on each day of racing by the official authorities and the final layout of the course will depend on wind and weather conditions. The America’s Cup race management team will form a protective exclusion zone around the racing area made up of official marshals and official event, sponsors and team boats. Only boats designated by race management will gain access to this area.

Separate recommended viewing zones for all other spectator boats has been designated by the Queen’s Harbour Master. As you will see from the diagram above, there will be two clear areas for spectator viewing on water – one for smaller boats less than 7m LOA and one main spectator channel.

The organizers of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth still advise that one of the best views of the action will be from the main race village areas on Southsea Common where spectators will have a close-up view of the racing as well as the benefit of large screens, live coverage and commentary, onboard footage and audio and amazing graphics to add to their experience.


On Shore

Waterfront Festival Arena

Come to the amazing Waterfront Festival Race Village, an area that will have something for everyone: fun, entertainment, sport, see the sailors close up, food and drink, shopping and activities for all the family. Displays and action on and off the water, a great day out for everyone.


Fanzone Arena

Get under the skin of America’s Cup World Series – see the skippers and sailors close up, watch the official skipper presentation and the press conference, watch the parade of sail close up with expert commentary about each team, a prime venue with food and drink and entertainment for all, option to upgrade and reserve your Grandstand seat for the day. Absorb yourself in all of the information about this event – the history, the boats, the technology, the sailors, the personalities, the racing rules, the points system…the list is endless and this is THE place for sailing fans to hang out.

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Portsmouth provides the perfect blend of viewing area, racing area and history to make it a perfect venue for the ACWS.


The iconic Spinnaker Tower lit at night against the backdrop of Portsmouth.