Last week Sail GP welcomed Sir Ben Ainslie – the most successful Olympic sailor of all time – to serve at helm of SailGP’s British entry.
Beginning in the global league’s second season kicking off in February 2020, Ainslie and a world-class squad of athletes will represent In Britain in SailGP – sailing’s newest and fastest championship that boasts the sport’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million.
Ainslie’s SailGP team will be fully announced early next year, utilising a combination of athletes from INEOS TEAM UK – the British challenger for the America’s Cup – and existing members of the Great Britain SailGP Team. The crew will pilot the revolutionary F50, which this year eclipsed the 50-knot speed barrier for the first time ever in sail racing, against at least five other national teams beginning in Sydney on February 28-29 2020.
Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history, having competed and won medals – including four golds – at five consecutive Olympic Games (1996-2012). Following a win in the America’s Cup with ORACLE TEAM USA in 2013, Ainslie formed his own team for the 2017 edition, and is now leading INEOS TEAM UK’s bid to win the 36th America’s Cup, which will take place in New Zealand in 2021.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have one of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time – across any sport – join our global championship,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “With crucial support from INEOS, Sir Ben Ainslie and the Great Britain SailGP Team will be contenders from day one and will create even more thrilling competition across our growing league.”