Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series PortsmouthIn July I had the amazing opportunity to help marshall the perimeter exclusion zone for the America’s Cup in Portsmouth from a boat on the Solent.  This would allow me to see the race from close quarters and to gain images and inspiration to paint some action sailing pieces.

Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast known for its maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  Arriving the night before on a beautiful sunny evening, I was able to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and make some preliminary sketches.  It was beautiful.

An early start the following day ensured that the marshalls could meet to receive final instructions,  then the boats could be fuelled before we sailed into the Solent to the outer edges of the exclusion zone.   Gradually, spectator’s boats started to arrive,  stopping outside the perimeter, waiting for the Red Arrows to arrive.   Viewing the Red Arrows from the boat was amazing.  The skies changed colour from blue to reds and pink from the smoke trails and we Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouthwere in the unusual position of being under the display, something not allowed on land due to safety guidelines.

Shortly afterwards, the racing began.  The winds were light and because of this the yachts only occasionally came out of the water on the foils.  The racing was still hugely
exciting.  With adrenaline running high, it is obvious that there is a lot at stake in this competition. Ben Ainslie and his team, Land Rover BAR, are clearly hoping to bring the cup home.  Huge congratulations to them as they won the racing that day, taking the team into the lead in the World Cup Series.  The final is next year, hosted in Bermuda. Fabulous news and good luck for 2017!

My day on the Solent was the most truly fabulous experience.  Having the amazing
opportunity to view the event from the sea added an extra dimension and was artistically hugely inspiring.


Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

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