Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Ben Ainslie, team principal and skipper of the British America's Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, will join Land Rover BAR Academy for their Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Sir Ben Ainslie Joins Land Rover Bar Academy In San Diego 1 

(Photo: Harry KH / Land Rover BAR - Sir Ben Ainslie)

The series will head to San Diego Bay 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.

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.”

“I'm looking forward to joining the team in San Diego and getting back amongst the Extreme Sailing Series fleet."

Over 20 young sailors aged between 19-24 came to the Land Rover BAR team base, Portsmouth, to trial for the team on the Academy recruitment day.

Jono Macbeth, Land Rover BAR Sailing Manager said: "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."