Land Rover BAR Wins Portsmouth World Series
Published: Monday, 27 July 2015
Skipper Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team claimed the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth.
Extreme winds of up to 40 knots forced the cancellation of racing on Sunday, but didn’t dampen enthusiasm for a Royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
With no racing to close out the weekend, the results from Saturday stand, meaning Land Rover BAR is the winner of the first event of the 35th America’s Cup cycle.
Ainslie and his team were congratulated on their win at the official prize giving by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were on site all day on Sunday and met with all of the teams, presenting the awards for the regatta.
“We’re absolutely delighted to win the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event here in Portsmouth,” says Ainslie. “This is a great start for us in our America’s Cup journey.”
Emirates Team New Zealand claimed second place with rookie Peter Burling on the helm at his first America’s Cup regatta. Oracle Team USA rounded out the podium in third place.
“The racing was great. We had some good sailing out there. Lots of lead changes, six competitive teams, the level is really, really high,” says Oracle Skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t get out there again today.”
CEO and Skipper Dean Barker’s new SoftBank Team Japan squad finished on equal points with the French team Groupama, but fell to fifth place in the tiebreaker.
“We wanted to get into it again today, but it would have been impossible to race in these conditions,” Barker said. “The foiling AC45 race boats are great. But for us, we know we have a lot of work to do. This is just the first step in a long two-year program.”
The six teams sailed with AC45 catamarancs, a one-design wingsail catamaran with foils designed specifically for the event by the Oracle Racing engineering team.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg (August 28-30) is the home event for Artemis Racing. The Swedish challenger will be looking to improve on a last place finish here in Portsmouth.
“We’re excited to get there and see the support for Artemis Racing,” says Artemis Racing Skipper Nathan Outteridge. “We’ve had great enthusiasm for the team at home in Sweden over the last couple of years and we’re really looking forward to racing there.”
1. Land Rover BAR - 19 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand - 18 points
3. Oracle Team USA - 16 points
4. Groupama Team France - 13 points
5. SoftBank Team Japan - 13 points
6. Artemis Racing - 11 points