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Published: Monday, 29 February 2016

Ben Ainslie led his Land Rover BAR team to victory at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Oman (Feb 27-28).

Land Rover Bar Claims Victory At Americas Cup Oman

(Photo: Ricardo Pinto)

Ainslie beat his former skipper, Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA, by two points, with the winning margin secured on a late charge in the final race. 

 Emirates Team New Zealand came in third.

Ainslie says winning the event in Oman was an important measuring stick for the team, which hadn’t won since securing victory on home waters in Portsmouth last summer.

“We kept fighting through today,” says Ainslie. “Compared to the teams with established track records, we need to prove we can compete at the top of the fleet and I think we are getting back to doing that. We have a big team of designers, boat builders and support staff back at home working very hard for us and they want to know that we can win this thing.”



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(Photo: Ricardo Pinto)

For Oracle Team USA the second place result was a fourth consecutive podium finish in a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta. But for all that, the team has yet to win.



“We’ve made some good steps forward, but we need to get going,” Spithill said after racing. “It’s good to be on the podium. We’re one of only two teams to have been on the podium at each event. But we want to win. There’s no two ways about it.”

With a third place result in Oman, Emirates Team New Zealand retains its place atop the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, but Oracle Team USA, in second place, has closed the gap to just six points. 



“The last race was a little bit disappointing for us,” says Skipper Glenn Ashby, referring to a fifth place finish. “But to come away from any event still holding the overall lead is a good thing. At the end of the day that’s what counts.”



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The leader at the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will carry two bonus points forward into the qualifiers in May 2017 in Bermuda. The second place team earns one bonus point.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman marked the first America’s Cup sailing in the Middle East and was a milestone event for the host, Oman Sail.



“This was a fantastic weekend for us,” said David Graham, the CEO of Oman Sail. “Promoting Oman through the America’s Cup broadcast was a fantastic opportunity for us. 

The feedback from our guests, our partners, and all of the visitors who came to enjoy the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman has been extremely positive. Let’s do it again!”

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(Photo: Ricardo Pinto)

The next America's Cup World Series event will be held in New York (May 6-8).

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman – Final Leaderboard:



Land Rover BAR - 8, 10, 10, 18, 14, 16 - 76 points


Oracle Team USA - 9, 6, 9, 12, 20, 18 - 74 points


Emirates Team New Zealand - 10, 7, 5, 20, 16, 12 - 70 points


Groupama Team France - 5, 8, 7, 10, 18, 20 - 68 points


SoftBank Team Japan - 6, 9, 6, 16, 10, 14 - 61 points


Artemis Racing - 7, 5, 8, 14, 12, 10 - 56 points

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