Americas Cup 2017 teams – Land Rover BAR
Four time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie is possibly the world’s most recognizable face in the world of sailing, and he and his wife, ex-Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson, are often been spotted here since moving to Bermuda last year.
Born in Macclesfield to a sailing family Ben won Olympic medals at five consecutive Olympic Games and has reams of world sailing titles and was instrumental in Team Oracle winning the 2013 Americas Cup. Oracle recruited Ainslie as the crew’s chief tactician with the team losing 5-0 to Emirates Team New Zealand. Spithill, Ainslie, Slingsby and others then turned around the deficit to eventually win 9-8 after being 1-8 down.
This will be Ainslie’s 4th Americas Cup but this time he has launched his own British challenge with the eponymous Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR). Britain has never won the Americas Cup in it’s 166-year history and BAR was founded in June 2014 with the sole aim of bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851.
BAR have built a new headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team’s activities, and if they are successful in Bermuda they will take the next Americas Cup back to Camber in Hampshire.
Portsmouth hosted two pre-qualifying Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events, which drew huge crowds to witness back-to-back victories. Land Rover BAR’s won four qualifying events in total and will therefore take two vital bonus points into the America’s Cup Qualifiers starting in Bermuda on May 26th.
Major sponsors: Land Rover, Aberdeen Asset Management, BT, Digicel
Winning odds: 11/4