Land Rover BAR
The weight of expectation on Sir Ben Ainslie and his team Land Rover BAR is nearly as immense as it was during the first Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth.
The British contingent has been bold in its ambitions to bring the Cup back to the UK, and Portsmouth proved its first chance to put its sailing where its mouth is. They did a fine job of this indeed, proving their determination and mettle by winning the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth.
Land Rover BAR now sit atop the leaderboard with 19 points. The pressure is on to keep this top spot – and keep bringing in the points hand over fist.
Hopefully the arrival of Formula One veteran Martin Whitmarsh as the chief executive will free up Ainslie’s time to focus on the sailing, while Ainslie has also had the benefit of hand-picking his team mates. Giles Scott, the heir apparent to Ainslie’s Olympic crown in the Finn singlehanded dinghy, brings immense physical power and strategic know-how to the tactician’s role, while Ainslie’s former team mate at Oracle in 2013, New Zealand’s Jono McBeth, was one of the first key appointments as the sailing team manager.
Andy ‘Animal’ McLean is another highly-prized Kiwi who liaises between the sailing and design teams. The rest of the sailing crew are hard-working and accomplished British professionals, Nick Hutton, Matt Cornwell, David ‘Freddie’ Carr, and Paul Campbell-James on wing trim.