Sir Ben Ainslie has teamed up with INEOS TEAM UK to lead their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.
INEOS TEAM UK is making the biggest ever British investment in the America’s Cup in an unprecedented effort to bring the trophy back to Britain for the first time since the competition was established in 1851.
INEOS TEAM UK will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron’s affiliated club, Royal Yacht Squadron Racing who issued the challenge to the current holder represented by Emirates Team New Zealand.
INEOS will use its world class technologies and manufacturing know-how to support Sir Ben Ainslie in developing an internationally competitive boat and give INEOS TEAM UK the best possible chance of success.
INEOS TEAM UK’s CEO is America’s Cup legend, Grant Simmer, who has competed in 10 America’s Cups and won four, first as a young navigator aboard Alan Bond’s Australia II, then twice with the Swiss team, Alinghi, and most recently with Oracle Team USA where – along with Ben Ainslie – they fought back from an 8 -1 deficit to win the trophy.
INEOS TEAM UK’s Chief Designer is New Zealander, Nick Holroyd, one of the men responsible for Emirates New Zealand’s Cup winning strategy. . He is joined by British Olympic gold medallist, Giles Scott, who will act as the team’s Tactician.
The history of the America’s Cup started at the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851 when fifteen of its boats raced and lost to a US yacht called ‘America’ from where the cup eventually got its name.
167 years later and Britain has still not won the trophy. The Royal Yacht Squadron Racing has issued the challenge to their rivals and the current Cup holder, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The Cup – affectionately known as the ‘Auld Mug’ – attracts the world’s top sailors and yacht designers and is the world’s oldest sporting trophy. This will be the 36th America’s Cup and will take place in 2021.