"The whole team at Land Rover BAR is totally committed to bringing the Louis Vuitton America's Cup home."

SIR BEN AINSLIE

  • THE PARTNERSHIP

    In July 2015, Land Rover announced it would become both Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner to Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR).

  • THE CHALLENGE

    Land Rover BAR will challenge for the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in 2017 aiming to bring the cup home to the UK for the first time in the race's 166 year history.

  • TECHNOLOGY

    The goal is to design a boat capable of winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup for Land Rover BAR, pushing technological boundaries, and advancing Land Rover engineering to benefit future product development.

  • DESIGN INNOVATION

    With daggerboards to lift the catamaran clear of the water for speed, and wings instead of sails, the America's Cup Class boat has been described as 'a fighter jet on water'.

THE BAR TEAM

JONO MACBETH – SAILING TEAM MANAGER AND SAILOR

JONO MACBETH – SAILING TEAM MANAGER AND SAILOR


A three-times America’s Cup winner, Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most experienced America’s Cup sailor in the Land Rover BAR team. Macbeth’s Cup career started with Team New Zealand in 1997 before winning the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. Now Land Rover BAR Sailing Team Manager, he retains an active role on-board.

ED POWYS – BOW/TRIMMER

ED POWYS – BOW/TRIMMER


Son of an America’s Cup and Whitbread Race veteran, Ed Powys, has successfully risen through the British sailing ranks since first taking to the water aged seven. An Industrial Design graduate, Powys took his chance on board the Land Rover BAR boat after stepping in for Giles Scott to help the team win the Portsmouth World Series regatta last year.

GILES SCOTT - STRATEGIST

GILES SCOTT - STRATEGIST


Giles Scott is the world’s most exciting sailing talent. The triple world champion sailed unbeaten for two years in the Finn Class and succeeded Land Rover BAR teammate, Sir Ben Ainslie, by winning Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016. The Strategist has one of the most critical roles on board…

PAUL CAMPBELL-JAMES - TACTICIAN

PAUL CAMPBELL-JAMES - TACTICIAN


A versatile sailor with a strong background in both mono and multihull racing, Paul Campbell-James brings advanced technical ability to Land Rover BAR. He was helmsman with the Luna Rossa Challenge during the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series, and held a reserve role for the team’s 34th America’s Cup campaign.

DAVID ‘FREDDIE’ CARR - BOWMAN

DAVID ‘FREDDIE’ CARR - BOWMAN


During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups, for Britain in 2003, Sweden in 2007 and most recently for Italy. He has mounted the podium an impressive 8 times, from 12 America’s Cup events. He says, ‘I can’t think of a major life lesson that doesn’t relate to my sailing life.’

NICK HUTTON - TRIMMER

NICK HUTTON - TRIMMER


Devon-born Nick Hutton brings extensive multi-hull racing expertise to the Land Rover BAR team. His America’s Cup experience includes bowman with the Italian America’s Cup entry, Luna Rossa Challenge, winning the 2012/13 ACWS and finishing runners up in the Louis Vuitton Cup – the 30th anniversary of the event.

ANDREW MCLEAN – TRIMMER AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING LEAD

ANDREW MCLEAN – TRIMMER AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING LEAD


New Zealander Andrew "Animal" McLean is an experienced inshore and offshore racer. He has campaigned three times for the America’s Cup - twice for his home country New Zealand. A qualified mechanical engineer, Andrew was also part of the winning 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup team with fellow New Zealander and Land Rover BAR teammates, Jono Macbeth and Ben Ainslie. Andrew also plays a vital role in the Land Rover BAR team as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.

LEIGH MCMILLAN - SAILOR

LEIGH MCMILLAN - SAILOR


Leigh McMillan has been one of the world’s top multihull sailors for the last decade. With two appearances for Team GB at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, his ability to win consistently made him the obvious choice to join Land Rover BAR, as multihulls were introduced to the America’s Cup in 2010.

MATT CORNWELL – GRINDER/BOW

MATT CORNWELL – GRINDER/BOW


Matt Cornwell has campaigned for two America’s Cups; with Areva Challenge in 2007 and GBR challenge in 2003. Two-time America’s Cup campaigner, Cornwell, brings a huge wealth of mono-hull, multi-hull, fleet and match racing experience to the team. He was part of the winning 2010 World Match Racing Championship team with Ainslie.

XABIER FERNANDEZ – WING TRIMMER / BOW

XABIER FERNANDEZ – WING TRIMMER / BOW


Xabi Fernandez began sailing at the age of seven, inspired by his parents. His first boat was an Optimist, before moving into the Vaurien double-handed junior dinghy with his brother until he was 17. After that he moved into the Olympic 470 for a while, before joining Iker Martinez in the Olympic 49er in 1998. It was this boat that allowed Fernandez to make the jump to a professional sailing career, after winning world championships and Olympic gold.

BLEDDYN MON – WING TRIMMER / GRINDER

BLEDDYN MON – WING TRIMMER / GRINDER


Bleddyn was born in Bangor and started sailing at an early age from Traeth Bychan on Anglesey; initially with his brothers in Mirrors before moving on to a Topper. In his teenage years, he became a World and European medallist in the 29er. Since then, Bleddyn has studied Mechanical Engineering Aerospace at the University of Southampton, which included a 12-month industrial placement with the Red Bull Formula 1 team as part of the Aerodynamic Development Group.

THE TEAM BASE

THE TEAM BASE

LAND ROVER BAR HEADQUARTERS


Land Rover BAR’s striking headquarters opened on the Camber at Portsmouth in 2015. Designed by HGP Architects, responsible for Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower, the new sustainable building is an inspiring design, technology & high performance base for Sir Ben Ainslie and his team.

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THE TEAM BASE

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THE TEAM BASE

LAND ROVER SUPPORT SAILING TALENT OF THE FUTURE


Join the Land Rover BAR Academy crew in the midst of action during an Extreme Sailing Series race in Cardiff. Experience the thrill of flying across the water in a hydro-foiling catamaran with an exciting new angle on the fast paced sport of sailing.

ABOUT THE BOAT

SAILING INNOVATION

SAILING INNOVATION

FOILING


Each hull features a manually-deployed daggerboard that bends through over 90 degrees to form a hydrofoil. At speeds of around 12knots (14mph) the force of the water (up to 1000 times more dense than air) over the foil creates lift, enough to lift the entire weight of the boat — 1320kg plus crew — clear of the water, reducing drag four-fold and dramatically increasing the boat’s efficiency and therefore speed.

TECHNICAL COLLABORATION

  • DESIGN AND ENGINEERING
    DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

    Land Rover's advanced engineering teams at Gaydon, Whitley and Warwick University identified three innovation projects where they could collaborate on the boat's design - wings, controls and performance/stability. The America's Cup Class boats use solid fixed wings instead of sails - optimised aerodynamically using advanced computational fluid dynamics to maximise power and speed.

  • HOW THE BOAT IS CONTROLLED
    HOW THE BOAT IS CONTROLLED

    The innovative wing sails and daggerboards that help lift the boat's hull clear of the water are controlled by hydraulics in place of sheets (ropes) and powered by the crew. Land Rover's human machine interface expertise is improving the efficiency of power generation.

  • STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
    STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE

    Land Rover has lent its advanced 'machine learning' (an elementary form of Artificial Intelligence) and capabilities expertise to help Land Rover BAR process F1-levels of performance data generated by its test boats. It is vital that the foiling boats remain as stable as possible at high speeds.

  • CRACK THE CODE

    What’s the secret to winning the America’s Cup? Performance engineer Mauricio Munoz explains how Land Rover is applying its expertise in artificial intelligence.

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  • THE NEXT GENERATION

    Join the Land Rover BAR Academy crew in the midst of action during an Extreme Sailing Series race in Cardiff. Experience the thrill of flying across the water in a hydro-foiling catamaran with an exciting new angle on the fast paced sport of sailing.

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  • TAKING FLIGHT

    The team analyses formulas and creates technologies to advance the engineering capabilities of Land Rover BAR. There’s a shared passion to become faster – to stay one step ahead of the competition. At the heart of this, is our new carbon fibre wing.

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  • HONING IN ON VICTORY

    In order to win one of the toughest challenges in international sport, marginal gains need to be discovered and maximised. The Land Rover BAR team talks about how our partnership boosts the overall technical design team to get the very best from their vessel.

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  • TESTING AND OPTIMISING

    Jaguar Land Rover’s Head of Research & Advanced Systems Engineering, Tony Harper, gives us some insights into the reasons Land Rover’s expertise and capabilities have been brought to the team. It’s all about understanding key components and optimising them for racing conditions.

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BOAT SPECS

OUVRIR TOUT
FERMER TOUT
  • SIZE
    AC4SF ACC
    LENGTH
    44.13FT/13.45M 49.2FT/15M
    MAST HEIGHT
    70.5FT/21.5M 78.6FT/23.9M
    WEIGHT
    1320KG PLUS CREW 2400KG PLUS CREW
    CREW MAX
    437.5KG (5 CREW)
    BEAM
    22.6FT/6.9M 27.82FT/8.5M
    WING AREA
    83.5 SQM 106.5 SQM
    JIB AREA
    30 SQM 36 SQM
    TOTAL UPWIND SAIL AREA
    133 SQM 142.5 SQM
    TOTAL DOWNWIND SAIL AREA
    210 SQM
  • DESIGN
    AC4SF ACC
    PROVENANCE
    ONE DESIGN UNIQUE TO TEAMS
    DAGGERBOARDS
    ONE DESIGN CHOICE OF FOILS AND EXTENSIONS
    STEERING
    TILLER TWIN STEERING WHEELS
    CONTROL
    MANUAL HYDRAULIC
    AUXILIARY POWER
    MANUAL TWIN GRINDING STATIONS
    NAME
    RITA RITA

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP

  • WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

    The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world. First awarded to the winner of a single Round the Isle race organised by The Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851, it was won by the sole US entry, the schooner ‘America’ and the cup was renamed in its honour.

  • 166 YEARS OF SAILING EXCELLENCE

    Boats sailing under the banner of The New York Yacht Club successfully defended the Cup against all challenges for the next 132 years, until the Australian team won in 1983. Now Land Rover BAR aims to bring the Auld Mug home for the first time.

  • TECHNICAL INNOVATION

    In 2013 the strongest challengers New Zealand found a loophole which allowed them to adapt their 72ft catamaran’s daggerboards into hydrodynamic foils allowing their boat to ‘fly’ out of the water. ‘Foiling’ had not previously been seen on a boat close to the size of their 2013 America’s Cup entrant.

  • A VERY BRITISH CHALLENGE

    In 2013, Oracle Team USA won against the odds, with Ben Ainslie at the helm. Afterwards, he returned to Britain to found Land Rover BAR and mount a very British challenge to the historically US-dominated race.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP FINAL


All six teams race head-to-head against each other twice in the Challenger Series. 1 point is awarded for each victory with a total of 10 points available. Land Rover BAR have already secured 2 points having won the America’s Cup World Series. Four teams will progress to the play-offs – competing in a semi-final and final format - with the winner progressing to face current holders Team Oracle USA in the Match Race.

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP MATCH RACE

The winner of the play-off final will challenge current holders Team Oracle USA to battle it out for the 35th America’s Cup. The format for the Match Race is a head-to-head competition with 1 point awarded for each race win. The first to 7 points will be crowned as the Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup champions.

HOW THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA'S CUP RACES WORK


In the lead up to the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 all six teams — Oracle Team USA plus five challengers – Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, Softbank Team Japan, Groupama Team France and Land Rover BAR — collect points in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events across 2015 and 2016.

THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S WORLD CUP SERIES


Land Rover BAR emerged victorious as champions of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Victories in back-to-back Portsmouth regattas, Oman and the final round in Fukuoka helped the British challengers secure two crucial points for the 2017 Challenger Series in Bermuda.

RACE CALENDAR

  • AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS
    AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

    INTERNATIONAL

    Points: 512

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  • AMERICA’S CUP QUALIFIERSAMERICA’S CUP QUALIFIERS
    AMERICA’S CUP QUALIFIERSAMERICA’S CUP QUALIFIERS

    BERMUDA

    26th May - 3rd June

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  • AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER PLAY-OFFS
    AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER PLAY-OFFS

    BERMUDA

    4th - 12th June

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  • RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA’S CUP
    RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA’S CUP

    BERMUDA

    12th - 21st June

  • AMERICA’S CUP MATCH
    AMERICA’S CUP MATCH

    BERMUDA

    17th - 27th June

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NEWS

  • LAND ROVER COMMITS TO SIR BEN AINSLIE’S QUEST TO WIN THE 36th AMERICA’S CUP
    LAND ROVER COMMITS TO SIR BEN AINSLIE’S QUEST TO WIN THE 36th AMERICA’S CUP

    Land Rover is proud to announce that we have renewed our backing as Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner to Land Rover BAR.

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  • LAND ROVER BAR IN VR
    LAND ROVER BAR IN VR

    Download the Jaunt VR app to go Above and Beyond and experience the exhilaration of flying on-board Land Rover BAR’s R1 racing machine in immersive virtual reality.

    DOWNLOAD THE APP
  • LAND ROVER TECHNOLOGIES STEERING BAR’S AMERICA'S CUP CAMPAIGN
    LAND ROVER TECHNOLOGIES STEERING BAR’S AMERICA'S CUP CAMPAIGN

    Land Rover has combined technology from the new Discovery with unique personalization features to help Sir Ben Ainslie drive Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup campaign in Bermuda.

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  • BAR LAUNCH RACE BOAT TO END 166 YEARS OF SPORTING PAIN
    BAR LAUNCH RACE BOAT TO END 166 YEARS OF SPORTING PAIN

    Land Rover BAR have launched the boat they believe will make sailing history. One of the fastest, most technically advanced craft on the water has been developed with Jaguar Land Rover engineers with one aim: to win the world's oldest sporting trophy.

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  • BAR VICTORIOUS IN THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES
    BAR VICTORIOUS IN THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

    Land Rover BAR won the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series title to put them in a commanding position going into the America’s Cup Final in Bermuda.

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  • DOWNLOAD THE APP
    DOWNLOAD THE APP

    The official App for Land Rover BAR, the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup led by four – time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie.*

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  • LAND ROVER BAR – AN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL PARTNERSHIP
    LAND ROVER BAR – AN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL PARTNERSHIP

    When Land Rover became both Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner with Ben Ainslie Racing in July 2015, together they launched a technology and innovation challenge, combining research and development capability to make breakthroughs and deliver the vital competitive edge on and off the water.

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  • LAND ROVER BAR HEADQUARTERS
    LAND ROVER BAR HEADQUARTERS

    Opened in 2015, the Land Rover BAR headquarters is the campaign base for Ben Ainslie and his team to launch their bid to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain in 2017.

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