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Save the date: 14th–15th September 2019

America's Cup Special

17th July at 12:01

The America’s Cup World Series sails into Portsmouth UK next week and The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) has been granted some very special privileges and will be playing a number of exciting roles, which we would like to share!

Today’s post includes …

• Andrew Simpson's Charity Auction - launching Monday 20th July
• ASSF Gala Dinner at the Ben Ainslie Racing Team Base
• Sailing Sessions inspired by the America's Cup
• Bart’s Bash sign up in the America's Cup Festival Arena


ASSF Silent Charity Auction
An amazing auction line up will open for bidding on Monday 20th July. This silent auction, closing on Wednesday 22nd July at 23:15 BST, includes…..

U2 tickets, Three premium tickets to watch U2 at the O2 Arena at a date in late October tbc. These tickets are almost sold out so are in high demand!

Golf with Rugby Legend Martin Corry, A four-ball game of golf at The Grove, Hertfordshire with English rugby legend Martin Corry MBE. Value approx £600 for the golf but Martin’s company is priceless!

TracTrac event - A day’s live tracking for a yacht or dinghy event for up to 30 boats, located anywhere in the UK or Ireland. Prize to be taken before 31st December 2016 In all this prize would be worth over £1,000.

His and her set of Henri Lloyd Ultimate Cruiser Jacket and Hi-Fits These Ultimate Cruiser Jackets have been engineered to be the ultimate in cruising apparel, available in both men’s and ladies sizes. This range offers all the comfort, features and durability the serious cruising sailor demands.

America's Cup experiences…. and many more including a signed bottle of scotch by no other than the Right Honourable Prime Minister, David Cameron!

GOOD LUCK - the bidding starts Monday


Gala Dinner
We are very honoured and excited to host the first major dinner at Ben Ainslie Racing new Team Base celebrating Andrew Simpson and the Sailing Foundation in his name. This is a real privilege and should be an electric night as the America's Cup teams come together just before the start on the World Series.

The picture in this post is from the first dinner in San Francisco 2013.We are planning more dinners so if you are interested in attending a future Gala Dinner or in a position to offer auction items, please email


Get Sailing
The official charity of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, The 1851 Trust is to partner with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to deliver inspiring sailing taster sessions to school children in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas throughout the summer holidays.

The Portsmouth Sailing Project is funded by Travis Perkins plc and will be hosted by Portsmouth Sailing Club from Monday 27 July until Sunday 30 August 2015. The project has a target of providing sailing taster sessions for up to 1000 young people aged 9-14 years during the 5 weeks of operation.

Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee and Patron of the 1851 Trust, Sir Ben Ainslie added “Having two great charities working together to get young people from Portsmouth out on the water and experience sailing is just fantastic… we are very much looking forward to seeing lots of young people out in boats over the summer. It’s great that two charities with similar objectives of helping young people get onto the water, to experience this amazing sport, are able to do so during and after one of the most memorable sailing events Portsmouth has ever seen”.

See us at the America's Cup!
We are so excited that the start of the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth is in just one week’s time.

We're going to be there too, so please come and visit us in the Waterfront Festival Arena where we will have a variety of fun activities taking place, as well as information on how you can take part in our Global Sailing Event, Bart's Bash on September 20th.

IT'S FREE, although you do need to book tickets to enter the Arena area, so why not come and join us and watch two of our Trustees, Iain Percy from Artemis Racing and Ben Ainslie from Ben Ainslie Racing battle it out alongside other sailing superstars in the first event of this exciting new world series.

OK, that’s all for now folks, thank you very much for reading, it’s an exciting week ahead and good luck for when the bidding starts!


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