Ben Ainslie returns to race in New York with Land Rover BAR

Thursday 5th May 2016

America’s Cup racing returns to New York for the first time in almost a century with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series this coming weekend on May 7 and 8th.

This will be the first time that the four time Olympic champion and Land Rover BAR skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie has raced in US waters since competing with Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA, as they retained the America’s Cup in September 2013.

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The 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) resumes in New York with the second event of the season. Land Rover BAR lie in third place after winning the first event in Oman back in February – the only team to have won two ACWS events in this Cup cycle. The team are just one point behind Oracle Team USA and seven points behind Emirates Team New Zealand.

Thoughts ahead of the racing Ben Ainslie, Skipper Land Rover BAR: “We got the win in Oman, but this is a very different place, a very different venue and expected conditions, so it’s a different challenge for all of the teams. We’ve had to think about the right approach to this event as a team. We’ve been preparing hard for that and we’re excited to be racing in as iconic a location as New York.”

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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Leaderboard after four events:

1. Emirates Team New Zealand 192
2. ORACLE TEAM USA 186
3. Land Rover BAR 185
4. SoftBank Team Japan 161
5. Artemis Racing 161
6. Groupama Team France 150

All the action in the UK and Ireland – can be watched live on BT Sport, with Saturday’s racing beginning at 18:30 on BT Sport 2; then Sunday’s racing is live on BT Sport 1 also beginning at 18:30. Both BT1 and BT2 Sport will run replays of the racing throughout the weekend.