A world class and action packed race village is being created for Southsea Common with spectacular viewing opportunities across a range of fan packages. There are still tickets available in both the Waterfront Festival Arena (free to view, tickets available for Thursday and Friday) and Fanzone Arena (paid for tickets, available on all four days), as well as hospitality packages in the Waterfront Pavilion.
Naturally, given the racing will take place in such a popular area as the Solent, plenty of keen fans have been asking if they will be able to watch the racing from the water. The simple answer is “Yes, this will be possible, although the best viewing areas will be from the main race village onshore on Southsea Common.”
The area of water racing will take place in (see visual above), is amazingly close to shore but is within a commercial shipping channel and an area managed Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth (QHM). An exclusion zone will be created around the race course to ensure perfect racing conditions are delivered to the world class sailing teams, but also to ensure the safety of both the racing teams and the spectators – the teams will race in AC45s, foiling catamarans capable of speeds of up to 40 mph!
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.