Britain’s Ainslie stakes all on America’s Cup dream

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June 1 (Reuters) Ben Ainslie is the canada goose replica only America Cup skipper with his name emblazoned on one of the six space age foiling catamarans flying around Bermuda Canada Goose sale Great Sound this month.

The BAR in Land Rover BAR Canada Goose online stands for Ben Ainslie Racing and is testament to the single handed determination sailing most successful Olympian has shown in canada goose coats his quest to bring the oldest trophy in international sport to Britain.

For Ainslie, 40, who says he dreamt buy canada goose jacket of winning the canada goose outlet store locations America Cup when he was learning to sail as a child, lifting the Mug in San Francisco in canada goose outlet toronto factory 2013 as a key member of the Oracle Team USA crew was not enough.

So, under the banner The Cup Home Ainslie set about mounting his own challenge and just three years ago launched BAR with the aim of doing something British teams have tried canada goose clearance and failed canadian goose jacket to do on some 20 occasions.

But to get an America Cup boat on the water, let Canada Goose Coats On Sale alone compete with the Canada Goose Jackets likes of Oracle Team USA arconserve and Artemis Racing, costs tens of millions of dollars.

Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing are respectively backed by billionaires Larry Ellison and canada goose clearance sale Sweden Torbjorn cheap Canada more info Goose Tornqvist and have buy canada goose jacket cheap been in the game for years.

Not only has Ainslie managed to raise 90 million pounds ($116 million) to fund his campaign, he has also built a massive team headquarters in Portsmouth on Canada Goose Online the south coast of England, looking out over the Solent where in 1851 the schooner beat the British to win the cup which is named after it.

Land Rover BAR is part funded by wealthy private investors with a passion for Canada Goose Outlet sailing, including entrepreneur Keith Mills, Dixons Carphone Chairman Charles Dunstone and Vitol executive director 2018 canada goose outlet Chris Bake.

But in order to succeed, it also needed to attract big name corporate sponsors including Land Rover, BT, BAE Systems and Siemens who provide both financial backing and technical know how.

One supporter who sets Land Rover BAR apart from the other America Cup challengers is Britain Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, canada goose black friday sale who has sailed with Ainslie and is patron of the canada goose coats on sale 1851 Trust, the charity he has set up to encourage canada goose store young people to discover science and technology through sailing.

As well as being team principal, skipper, part time fund raiser and ambassador, Ainslie has managed to attract Canada Goose Parka an impressive team to the BAR stable.

Crucial among these are chief executive Martin canada goose deals Whitmarsh, who brings years of experience as head of the McLaren Formula One team and Jono Macbeth, a 44 year old New Zealander who has three America Cup wins, as sailing team manager.

Ainslie also enlisted Giles Scott as tactician on his catamaran Scott was heir to Ainslie in the Finn dinghy, emerging from his shadow to win Olympic canada goose gold in Rio. ($1 = 0.7778 pounds).

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