Ainslie’s Amer­ica’s Cup quest boosted

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SAIL­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD sailor Ben Ainslie has been given a boost in his hopes to bring the Amer­ica’s Cup back to Bri­tain af­ter the launch of his team’s lat­est test boat.

The T3 boat was un­veiled at the home of Ben Ainslie Rac­ing in Portsmouth and is a 45 foot foil­ing cata­ma­ran that is only slightly shorter than the craft he will be us­ing in Ber­muda next May.

The craft will be used to re­fine the wing and hy­dro­foil con­trol sys­tems, as those key ar­eas are not defnied by Cup rules.

There is just over a year to go un­til the Chal­lenger Se­ries be­gins, and Ainslie is con­fi­dent of re­peat­ing his suc­cess from 2013 where he won the Amer­ica’s Cup with Team Or­a­cle USA.

“T3 is an­other fan­tas­tic piece of tech­nol­ogy from our de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers, shore team and key sup­pli­ers,” he said.

“It’s terrific to see the step changes we have made each time we launch a new boat. This is a new team, but it’s grow­ing up fast. Re­ally fast.”

BAR Head of sys­tems and anal­y­sis Richard Hop­kirk added: “This boat will al­low us to test and de­velop across all the key ar­eas that will im­pact our ul­ti­mate per­for­mance. It’s a crit­i­cal pro­gres­sion in the search for fast, stable and con­tin­u­ous flight.”

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