Sir Ben Ainslie joins Land Rover BAR Academy in San Diego for the penultimate act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series

Sir Ben Ainslie joins Land Rover BAR Academy in San Diego
for the penultimate act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series

Ben Ains​lie join​s Land R​over BAR​ Academy​ in San ​Diego (c​) HarryK​H/LandRo​verBAR

  • Ainslie to spend time mentoring the next generation of America's Cup sailors
  • Land Rover BAR Academy current Red Bull Youth America's Cup Champions
  • Over 175 applicants applied for Land Rover BAR Academy to date

Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of the British America's Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, will join Land Rover BAR Academy for their penultimate 2017 event, Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series.

The series will head to San Diego Bay, 19th – 22nd October, for the first time in the global circuit's history. Land Rover BAR Academy have competed in the series since March 2016 – recently on home waters in Cardiff – and currently sit sixth overall behind a competitive, experienced fleet.

Ainslie will helm the foiling GC32 as well as take on a mentoring role for the young sailors. "I am so proud of everything the Land Rover BAR Academy team have achieved since we launched the programme back in January 2014. All their hard work, commitment and dedication really came together in Bermuda and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup success; it was a real achievement! I'm looking forward to joining the team in San Diego and getting back amongst the Extreme Sailing Series fleet."

The Land Rover BAR Academy recently held a recruitment day; over 20 young sailors aged between 19-24 came together at the Land Rover BAR team base, Portsmouth, to trial for the team.

Land Rover BAR Academy fly high in Cardiff. Credit: Shaun Roster

Jono Macbeth, Land Rover BAR Sailing Manager, "It's been great to have the next batch of recruits trialing out for the Land Rover BAR Academy. We are always looking for the next generation of sailors to invest in and mentor so they can move forward in their sailing careers with us. We had a great turn out and saw some real potential in the fitness tests so we're looking forward to more young sailors joining the team.

"The opportunity to sail with Ben in San Diego will be hugely valuable for the current squad and it really shows what the programme is all about, the senior team coming together with the junior, on and off the water. We hope to see more of this over the next few years."

Will Alloway, Land Rover BAR trimmer "One of the great, key aspects of the programme has been the opportunity we have had to seek advice and mentoring from the senior team. It is going to be a real honour to race with Ben, he is someone we have all looked up to, and we can't wait to hit the water in San Diego."

The racing can be watched live on the Extreme Sailing Series You Tube Channel and Facebook page from 1400 – 1700 (UTC -7) on Saturday (21st) and Sunday (22nd).

Land Rover BAR Academy Crew List:

Ben Ainslie, Helmsman

Rob Bunce, Skipper

Owen Bowerman, Support Helmsman

Oli Greber, Jib Trimmer

Adam Kay, Jib Trimmer / Float

Elliot Hanson, Wing Trimmer

Will Alloway, Main Trimmer

Extreme Sailing Series Scoreboard, after six Acts

SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 66 points

Oman Air, 64 points

Alinghi, 61 points

Red Bull Sailing Team, 56 points

NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 48 points

Land Rover BAR Academy, 47 points

For any Land Rover BAR Academy media enquiries please contact

Dan Wilkinson, Communications Manager

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Land Rover BAR Academy

Land Rover BAR Academy are the current Red Bull Youth America's Cup Champions, following their successful campaign in Bermuda last June.

The Land Rover BAR Academy programme, launched in January 2016, is an initiative to find and support talented young British sailors, and create a pathway into the America's Cup. The long-term aim is to mentor young British sailing talent to build the next generation.

Land Rover BAR Academy proved its success as a pathway to the America's Cup with the promotion of 22-year-old Neil Hunter from the Land Rover BAR Academy into the senior Land Rover BAR team to become the youngest competitor in the 35th America's Cup

The Land Rover BAR Academy team are currently competing in the global Extreme Sailing Series, racing in the foiling GC32s.

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Team Principal & Skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie


© (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

Land Rover BAR Academy, Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 Cardiff


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