Land Rover BAR has become the winner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in the UK‘s Portsmouth, the first event of the 35th America’s Cup cycle. On Sunday, July 26, 2015, Ben Ainslie, skipper of Land Rover BAR and his team were congratulated on their victory at the official prize giving by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“We’re absolutely delighted to win the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event here in Portsmouth. This is a great start for us in our America’s Cup journey,” comments Ben Ainslie. “With the conditions that we saw yesterday and the standard these teams are sailing at, it’s absolutely amazing racing and looks wonderful on TV. In my sailing career, I’ve never seen anything like it – the amount of people who came out on the water, on the shoreline, supporting the event, supporting us as the home team…”
Emirates Team New Zealand took second place, with ORACLE TEAM USA placing third. Fourth place went to Groupama Team France, with the new SoftBank Team Japan finishing on equal points and Artemis Racing taking last place in Portsmouth.
The next event will be the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg, running from August 28 to 30, 2015.