The Land Rover BAR sailing team competed in the final regatta of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series this past weekend, November 19-20, 2016 in Fukuoka, Japan. They put forth a good showing on Saturday which put them in a good position for the final on Sunday.
The team struggled during the first lap of the final but made an incredible recovery and managed to pass the leading team to seal the World Series win!
“It was an amazing day for the team because our core goal was to win the overall series, that is what we came here to do. To achieve that and come out on top in the final event to get four regatta wins in the overall series, that is a huge achievement from a completely new team,” says Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper.
“Two and a half years ago we had absolutely nothing, so what we have achieved win building the team, the infrastructure, and this performance in the World Series is something we should all be incredibly proud of – but at the same time it’s just one step in our journey to the America’s Cup. Our objective was to get the two bonus points and we’ve got that, and now the focus clearly not he race boat and the performance next summer in Bermuda.”
“I am absolutely delighted by how things have gone, but at the same time I know our team and how focused they are on the America’s Cup. We will be straight into training in Bermuda and getting best prepared for the America’s Cup to try and bring it home after a 167 years of hurt.”
The win on Sunday gives the Land Rover BAR sailing team a two point advantage going into the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda in May of 2017.