Four times Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie has announced the formation of Ben Ainslie Racing, which will compete in the America’s Cup World Series from September 2012.
No sailing team members were named at the media conference staged at the London Boat Show, but the management team will be headed by Grant Simmer, formerly with Ainslie at the previous British America’s Cup entity, TeamOrigin.
The new team will be underwritten by the America’s Cup Defender Oracle Racing, but will challenge under the auspices of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, which has a long association with Ainslie. The plan is to seek commercial sponsors for the team.
Although the team is described as being an America’s Cup team, it has no intention of stepping up to an AC72 campaign for 2013, and will sail in the America’s Cup World series only. BAR is the first of the now 10 teams entered to have stated from the outset that they have no intention of competing in the 34th America’s Cup.
Ainslie’s line is that he, personally, will race with BAR for the America’s Cup World Series, who represent the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, and then he will have almost a dual role, personally, with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club and their team Oracle Racing. He explained that due to time constraints, BAR would not be challenging for the America’s Cup, but that he hoped BAR would be a Challenger for the America’s Cup in the future.
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