Back to the drawing board for America's Cup design competition

By James Woolven

Sunday, March 6, 2016

 

Back to the drawing board for America's Cup design competition

Sir Ben Ainslie receiving the Victory Trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge last year. Picture by Ian Roman.

YOUNG artists will get the chance to design a piece of sailing history.

A competition has been launched to design trophies for one of Britain’s biggest sailing events, the America’s Cup.

The Victory Trophies competition will return for a second year with children, aged five to 16, from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight submitting designs for the official event trophies.

The event will feature some of the best sailors in the world racing on 45ft foiling catamarans.

Last year’s trophy design competition received more than 2,000 entries and the winning design, by six-year-old Leo Howard, from Portsmouth, was made into a trophy and presented by the Duchess of Cambridge to the winning team of sailors, which included Sir Ben Ainslie.

Entry forms are available at www.lvacwsportsmouth.com and the closing date is June 6.

The competition is supported by The 1851 Trust, official charity of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, which aims to inspire young people through sailing and marine industry.

The winning design will be chosen by an expert panel, including artist Jeremy Houghton.

Mr Houghton said: "I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas and creativity, and to see those ideas turned into a beautiful trophy that becomes a little piece of sailing history."

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