SAN DIEGO (AP) — A large infusion of cash will give Britain its best chance ever to reclaim the America's Cup, which it lost in 1851 and hasn't come close to winning back.
The America's Cup team headed by Sir Ben Ainslie has been rebranded INEOS Team GB with a commitment of $153 million (110 million pounds) from the petrochemical company based in London.
Brit Ben Ainslie not resting in pursuit of America’s Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sir Ben Ainslie isn't taking any time off from his pursuit of sailing's greatest prize.
The British sailing star is back in San Diego for the second time in four months, this time with top crew members to begin a new season of sailing to help stay fresh in the long, somewhat uncertain buildup toward the 2021 America's Cup.
British star Ainslie mentors next generation of sailors
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sir Ben Ainslie is so keen to win back the America's Cup for Britain that he'll spend the weekend sailing with and mentoring a crew of young countrymen who one day could be competing for the oldest trophy in international sports.
Ainslie, one of the world's most accomplished sailors, will serve as helmsman of Land Rover BAR Academy in the seventh stop of the Extreme Sailing Series, which will be contested in foiling 32-foot catamarans on San Diego Bay from Friday through Sunday.
Emirates Team New Zealand rebounded nicely from a heart-stopping capsize two days earlier on Bermuda's Great Sound to clinch a spot in the America's Cup challenger finals.
Britain, meanwhile, still hasn't bounced back from its loss in 1851 to the schooner America.
Led by 26-year-old helmsman and 39-year-old skipper-wing trimmer Glenn Ashby, Emirates Team New Zealand won two of three races Thursday against British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie to win its semifinal series 5-2.
It's been a rough spring for British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie in the lead-up to the America's Cup on Bermuda's Great Sound.
He's struggled for speed on his 50-foot foiling catamaran and been involved in three crashes, including a spectacular one on the first day of the qualifiers that almost sank his boat.
Emirates Team New Zealand, determined to atone for its soul-crushing loss in the 2013 America's Cup, took a big step forward Thursday when it clinched a spot in the challenger semifinals on Bermuda's Great Sound.
Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain also earned a spot in the next round, but only after a humbling moment in which technology failed one of the world's best sailors.
Sir Ben Ainslie regained his sea legs after a few rough days in the America's Cup qualifiers on Bermuda's Great Sound.
Ainslie steered Britain's Land Rover BAR to a badly needed victory Tuesday after four straight losses, leading the whole way to beat Sweden's Artemis Racing by 30 seconds on the opening day of the second round robin.
The America's Cup qualifiers got off to a smashing start Saturday on Bermuda's Great Sound.
It was a good day for two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA and a bad one for Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain.
Moments after Oracle Team USA came from behind to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling rematch between the 2013 finalists, Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR, crashed his 50-foot foiling catamaran into SoftBank Team Japan during the prestart of the day's sixth and final race.
Bonus points at play in America’s Cup World Series finale
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hoisting the trophy and spraying champagne will be nice, for sure, for the crew that wins the America's Cup World Series.
Even sweeter will be the two bonus points that can help jumpstart that team when the fleet reconvenes in Bermuda next summer for the elimination rounds.
Great Scott: Emotional Brit wins Finn Olympic sailing gold
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There was no way Giles Scott could be a proper Briton and keep a stiff upper lip as he closed in on winning the gold medal in the Finn class in the Rio Olympics sailing regatta.
Approaching the finish line, "I just found myself welling up in tingles as it slowly dawned on me what I had done," Scott said Sunday.