2 America’s Cup races to be held in England

LONDON (AP) — Two America’s Cup World Series events will be held in Portsmouth on England’s south coast in 2015 and 2016.

The races will be run by Team Origin, a company set up by Keith Mills, who was deputy chairman of the organizing committee for the 2012 London Olympics.

Mills is backed by four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie, who heads the British syndicate seeking to win the America’s Cup for the first time.

Ainslie, whose team is based in Portsmouth, says the venue “is a great natural racecourse.”

The World Series regattas will take place next year from July 23-26 and from July 21-24 in 2016.

The ACWS is a series of warmup regattas in high-performance, 45-foot catamarans that will help determine standings for the America’s Cup qualifiers in 2017, which will be sailed in 62-foot catamarans.