Sailing regatta news from Palmawatch.Peter Franklin
Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team, will compete in the TP 52 SUPER SERIES at this year’s PalmaVela in May…
Land Rover BAR, who will be competing this season in the 52 SUPER SERIES, are stepping up their TP52 preparation and training programme as they seek to take full advantage of their proven successful boat, and aim to steal an early-season march on the nine teams that will be launching brand new boats this season.
Following the announcement from Emirates Team New Zealand that their defence of the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland will take place in monohull boats, the 52 SUPER SERIES will open Land Rover BAR’s challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. Sir Ben Ainslie will lead the team, with Tony Langley at the helm.
Teaming up with Tony Langley’s Gladiator team means that Ainslie and crew will be equipped with the late 2016 launched Botín Partners design, which highlighted its potential by finishing second, tied on points with Azzurra, at 2017’s last regatta in Menorca. But their challenge is also about catching up on the finer points of crew work that are so critical in this white-hot grand prix fleet.
The most decorated Olympic sailor is unequivocal, as usual, as to what their objective is: “The goal is to win. It always is,” he states.
“But we have a huge amount of respect for all the teams who have been doing this to such a high level for so long, some for a decade now. You look at the guys coming in on Phoenix, on Luna Rossa, for example, and then the established teams like Quantum and Azzurra, and there are some great pro helms in there too. We are under absolutely no illusions what it will take.”
The reality, though, is that it will not be until PalmaVela in early May before Ainslie and crew will actually line up against another 52 SUPER SERIES teams in full race mode.
What a great treat for competitive sailing enthusiasts in Mallorca this spring!
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