Sir Ben Ainslie of the Land Rover BAR team is the only American Cup skipper to have his name put on one of the six space age foiling catamarans that will be seen flying around the great sound of Bermuda in June.
The BAR stands for Ben Ainslie Racing. There is no doubt about his sailing skills and his greatness. This is a great gesture from the Land Rover team for the efforts put in by Ainslie to bring home the oldest trophy in sailing and international sport. This British Olympian is happy to have his name emblazoned on one of the foiling catamarans.
Ainslie had the dream of holding the America’s Cup in his hand while he was learning the sailing tactics as a child. He was able to accomplish his dream in 2013 when he lifted the Auld Mug in his hand in San Francisco. He was the key member of the Oracle Team USA then.
He did not settle with this big achievement and wanted to bring the Cup home to Britain. Ainslie set a challenge of bringing the cup home and launched the BAR to help the British teams to succeed in laying their hands on the America’s Cup.
Ainslie raised about 90 million pounds through a fundraising campaign to get a boat ready for the America’s Cup. He also built the BAR headquarters in Portsmouth. Ainslie was able to attract a good team to the BAR and is all set to guide his team to achieve glory in the America’s Cup Event. He has chosen Giles Scott as the tactician for the catamaran “Rita”. Scott recently won the Olympic gold medal in the Finn Dinghy in Rio. Ainslie despite being the team skipper, ambassador, part-time fundraiser and the team principal find time to talk with the team and motivate them.