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Photograph supplied by Alex Palmer and Ben Ainslie RacingFamiliar feeling: members of the Ben Ainslie Racing team get to grips with the Great Sound during a training session

Ben Ainslie Racing will travel to Bermuda for a training camp just weeks before hosting the opening regatta of the America’s Cup World Series at their home port in Portsmouth.

The first British America’s Cup challenger since 2003, led by four-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, arrive next month for their third training camp on the Island this year.

“The team will be training in Bermuda from June 4,” a team spokesperson said.

The first America’s Cup World Series regatta will be held from July 23 to 26 and will feature a variety of activities.

It is anticipated that up to 500,000 visitors will attend the four-day sporting and entertainment extravaganza that will provide awe-inspiring opportunities to watch the world’s best sailors battling it out on high speed AC45 foiling catamarans.

The series was originally scheduled to start in Cagliari, Italy, but was cancelled as a result of the withdrawal of Luna Rossa from the 35th America’s Cup.

The Italian challenger pulled out in protest over a controversial amendment to the class rule for the next instalment of the “Auld Mug”.

Bermuda will host the America’s Cup World Series from October 16 to 18.

BAR became the first America’s Cup team to test the Great Sound, the venue for the 35th America’s Cup, in a foiling multihull when the team travelled to Bermuda in January.

“One thing we learned was that the racecourse is going to be pretty small, it’s going to be tight, and there’s going to be a lot of manoeuvring,” Jono Macbeth, the team’s sailing manager, said. “This is a sailor’s racecourse.”

BAR returned to Bermuda in March to get a better handle on the local conditions.

“It’s certainly not going to be like San Francisco where the racing was quite predictable,” Giles Scott, their team member and multiple world champion, said. “That’s not going to be the case here.

“It’s going to be a pretty open racetrack with lots of opportunities to make good gains and big losses.

“I think the America’s Cup is going to be a very exciting time when it comes.”

Ben Ainslie Racing sailors foiling in the Nacra20 catamaran in the Great Sound(Photo by Karl Outerbridge) ¬ ¬