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Cup confidential: Inside Land Rover BAR with Georgie Ainslie

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Bikes on boats

Georgie Ainslie, television presenter and wife of Land Rover BAR head Ben Ainslie, takes us behind the scenes at the America's Cup in Bermuda as the world's greatest sailing competition reaches its finale. In her sixth instalment, Georgie explains that the idea of using pedal power on America's Cup boats has been around for years...

So last week ‘bikes on boats’ were the talk of Bermuda following Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat launch. They have controversially plumped for pedal power over arm grinding machines to drive their hydraulics. There has been much debate in the other team camps over which is the more beneficial approach; legs generate more power but impede movement from one side of the boat to the other; arms generate less power but the grinders can duck down out of the wind and become more streamlined, reducing aerodynamic drag. Only time will tell which team or teams have made the smarter call as both have pluses and compromises.

Photo: Facebook / EmiratesTeamNewZealand

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