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What's in a name? America’s Cup boat names explained

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The Land Rover BAR America's Cup raceboat

The 35th America’s Cup will see six of the world’s most high-tech sailing machines go head to head for sport’s oldest trophy, and the winners’ names will go down in the history books. But what have they chosen to name their raceboats and why?

For Groupama Team France no explanation is needed, as they have simply named their boat Groupama Team France, but for the other five teams, the origins of the names may not be so obvious…


The British entry for the 35th America’s Cup, Land Rover BAR is a new team founded by former Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie, and like all of Ainslie’s boats, Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup Class raceboat will be called Rita.

The origins of the name date back to 1992, when Ainslie’s mother visited St Rita’s church during the Optimist World Championships in Tenerife. She brought back a badge and sewed it to her son’s lifejacket. 25 years later, Ainslie hopes that St Rita will continue to bring him good luck.

Photo: Harry KH

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