Ar­ran sailor joins Bri­tish Amer­ica’s Cup se­nior team

The Oban Times - - Sport -

ISLE OF Ar­ran sailor Neil Hunter, who was skip­per on board the Land Rover BAR Acad­emy GC32 com­pet­ing in the Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries and Red Bull Youth Amer­ica’s Cup, has re­cently been pro­moted to the Bri­tish Amer­ica’s Cup se­nior sail­ing team. He joins the team in Ber­muda for train­ing ahead of the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup, which will take place in May/June this year.

The Land Rover BAR Acad­emy head out to Syd­ney for the fi­nale of the Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries™ boosted by the news that 21-year- old skip­per Neil Hunter will be join­ing the se­nior Land Rover BAR team in Ber­muda, as they train for the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup. Hunter got the call up a few weeks ago.

Neil said: ‘A week af­ter the Acad­emy fit­ness test, Jono Mac­beth (Land Rover BAR sail­ing team manager) asked me to come in and do an­other fit­ness test. I was then asked to join Ben Ainslie and the team for a few days of sail­ing in the So­lent. A week af­ter that, Jono called me and of­fered me a place in the Amer­ica’s Cup sail­ing team, which ob­vi­ously was mas­sive and I’m still stoked about it now, to be hon­est. Fit­ness is a huge part of it, and I’ve put a huge amount of work into that, but it’s also just be­ing gen­er­ally hard work­ing.

Jono Mac­beth com­mented, ‘There was a po­si­tion avail­able with the team and Neil is the per­fect fit. He is hard­work­ing, in­cred­i­bly fit and will­ing to learn. We had a vi­sion for this type of pro­mo­tion to hap­pen within the Land Rover BAR Acad­emy, but none of us ex­pected it to hap­pen this quickly.

‘Neil can be a great as­set for the team, not just this time round but also into the fu­ture. We plan to make more pro­mo­tions, to cre­ate a new path­way into the Amer­ica’s Cup. The sail­ing team are proud of the shirts they wear, the num­bers they carry, and they can be proud when guys like Neil step up and make one their own.’

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn. Shinty devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Euan McMurdo pic­tured with team rep­re­sen­ta­tives Calum Camp­bell of Rock­field, James Muir of Rock­field, Euan Tosh of Park; front row: Sam An­der­son of Du­nadd, Scott McPhee of Taynuilt and Conon Burn of St Columba’s.

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