The America's Cup is back on the Solent for the first time in 164 years!
The America's Cup affectionately known as the "Auld Mug" is the oldest trophy in the world of sport and is the most difficult trophy to win.
The sailing event dates back to 1851 when a group of US businessmen challenged a British team to a race around the Isle of Wight, which they won, and Britons have failed to win back ever since.
This weekend sees the cup back on British soil with the first stage of the America's Cup World Series. Six teams of the worlds best sailors prepare to battle it out on AC45 Catamarans ahead of the final race in 2017.
Following an opening ceremony in Portsmouth, practice racing will commence on Friday 24th July with the competitive races taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July.
The competition consists of four fleet races - two each on Saturday and Sunday. The four time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie will begin Britain's bid to win the 35th Americas Cup, as the opening leg of the series gets underway on the south coast of England.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series continues later in year in Gothenburg, Sweden from August 27-30, and Bermuda from October 16-18.
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