Sun, sea and sailing at the America's Cup
On Saturday 23 July we welcomed 120 alumni, friends and families back to Portsmouth for a beautiful day in the sun at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup.
The day kicked off with a complimentary breakfast in the eclectic Cafe Coco before alumni made their way down to see the sailing action on Southsea seafront. The discounted America's Cup tickets and free parking for the day was a huge draw and alumni found it a good excuse to come back to their former university city, some of which hadn't returned since graduating in the 70’s and 80’s.
We heard stories from alumni reminiscing about their university days and the changes both the University and city has seen over the years.
After breakfast, guests made their way to the America's Cup Race Village. The seafront was brimming with crowds of spectators both inside the Race Village and outside on the common.
It was exciting to see the America's Cup being hosted in Portsmouth for the second year running where visitors got to experience a spectacular air performance from The Blades, followed by three races of which Sir Ben Ainslie and his team won two, which meant by the end of Saturday they jointly topped the event leaderboard with the French Groupama team.
A following win on Sunday proved enough to see the home side be crowned the Portsmouth regatta winners for the second time.