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benainsliepaintingOver 70 young people from schools in Portsmouth and Ryde came together yesterday (Monday) for a community art project, painting images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the new Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters.

The hoardings to the west of the base site have been decorated by the local school children, including those from Ryde Academy and Ryde School (pictured), who traveled over to Old Portsmouth for the day.

The event celebrated the launch of a new charity, the 1851 Trust, that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building.

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Paintings include that of flying boats and hovercraft, The Mary Rose, Naval ships and submarines and previous British challengers for the America’s Cup; Sir Thomas Sopwith’s Endeavour. Ben Ainslie Racing’s new hydrofoiling catamaran boat has also been featured on the hoardings.

Sir Ben Ainslie commented:

“We’re really excited about this, and we’re going to find a permanent home for the best work in the Visitor Centre at the new headquarters.”

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched in June in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge, who has this week been named as the Patron of the 1851 Trust, which aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry.

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