America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR Supporters newsletter – February 2017
Supporter Newsletter – Issue #18 February 2017
The year of the 35th America’s Cup is upon us and so far January has flown by and we now have less than four months to go before racing kicks off, the team are heads down and focussed on bringing the Cup home.
The reveal of our America’s Cup Class boat this week – code-named R1, but now christened Rita – was a huge milestone and showcased the combined efforts across three years of the whole Land Rover BAR team and our partners. Over eighty-five thousand hours of design, development and construction have gone into getting R1 out on the water so I can’t thank everyone enough for all their efforts in achieving this on time.
We have now comfortably settled into the Bermuda lifestyle, and following the opening of the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone we will soon be welcoming many more of the public, local community groups and schools to the team base. The 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone will allow visitors to get a unique behind the scenes experience of the technology, innovation and sustainability activities involved in the team’s challenge to bring the Cup home.
We are pushing the limits on the water, in the workshop, design office and in the gym. There is still an enormous amount to do but I believe we have a strong team all focussed on getting a result. It’s going to be an exciting few months.
Sir Ben Ainslie
Team Principal and Skipper, Land Rover BAR
In this newsletter:
- Land Rover BAR reveal America’s Cup Class Boat in Bermuda
- 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone welcomes Bermudian Schools
- Tune into ‘The Inside Tack’ every Monday on Facebook with Georgie Ainslie
Land Rover BAR launch R1
The menacing, matt black boat represents the combined efforts across three years of the now 140-strong team. After the launch of four test boats, tens of thousands of hours of design and engineering development, on the water testing and painstaking construction, the team has seen its efforts crystallised into the boat code-named R1.
Now christened ‘Rita’ by Georgie and Bellatrix Ainslie on the dock of the team base in Bermuda, R1 will be the boat raced in the 35th America’s Cup.
11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone
11th Hour Racing Co-Founder Wendy Schmidt officially opened the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone at the team’s base in Bermuda. This dedicated educational space brings to life critical topics around ocean health, sustainability, innovation and technology, with a series of creative displays.
Land Rover BAR are bringing this unique, inspirational experience to Bermuda as part of our ambition to be the planet’s most sustainable professional sports team and to engage with several different audiences; local residents, tourists, sailing enthusiasts, media, families and school groups are all invited to visit. The 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone will have a classroom space dedicated to delivering lessons resourcing the team’s online digital education programme, BT STEM Crew.
Insight: Bleddyn Môn
It’s often said that sailing is an exclusive sport. There are many challenges to this stereotype within Land Rover BAR, one of which is embodied by one of the youngest members of the sailing team, Bleddyn Môn.
36th America’s Cup Framework announced at Garrards
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A vision for the future of the America’s Cup has been agreed by current competitors that would see long-sought stability and continuity in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.
During a press conference at The House of Garrard in London, where the America’s Cup trophy was originally crafted in 1848, skippers and team leaders revealed a framework agreement that would cover the next two editions, the 36th and 37th America’s Cup, due to take place in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
by Land Rover BAR