Ben Ainslie and his team on Land Rover BAR satisfied the home crowds as they took the overall win in the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth held at the weekend.

Ben Ainslie and his team celebrate winning the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth.

Ben Ainslie and his team celebrate winning the America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. Photo Mark Lloyd/BAR.

The first day of racing was held in fantastic conditions and couldn't have started better for the team with a win in the first race of the day. They then followed up with a stunning performance in the next race to come from last place to finish second. It left the team on top of the overnight leaderboard, with everything to play for on what had been tagged "Super Sunday".

Americs's Cup World Series Portsmouth 2015. Photo Onedition

Great conditions for Saturday's racing. Photo onEdition.

Unfortunately nobody seemed to have paid the weather gods off as they decided not to play ball. Saturday's perfect foiling breeze and sunshine gave way to high winds and rain. Initial news was that the start was to take place earlier than planned, with hopes of running one race before the weather worsened. But even this was to prove too optimistic and racing was eventually cancelled completely for the day. With winds reportedly threatening to topple some of the display tents, the call was made to evacuate the site and the hardened sailing fans who had braved the weather were sent home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the disappointed visitors, but they still managed plenty of smiles for the cameras and ensured the home team's win got plenty of space on the newspaper front pages. It wasn't quite the perfect start to Ben Ainslie's America's Cup challenge that two days of successful racing might have delivered, but he was obviously delighted to take the home win.

Written by: Gael Pawson
Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.