Sir Ben Ainslie hopeful of America’s Cup success after Oman triumph

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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Four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie was hopeful Sunday’s victory in Muscat sent a signal that his team were capable of 2017 America’s Cup glory.

Ainslie’s BAR team triumphed at the first America’s Cup World Series event of the year despite not winning any of the final-day races in Oman.

“It’s important for our team back home,” the 39-year-old said, quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

“We’ve got a big squad of boat builders and designers and everyone else working really hard, long hours and they want to believe that we can really win this thing. I hope we are proving to them we can.”

Ainslie and his crew – including Team GB’s Rio-bound Finn class world champion Giles Scott – led after Saturday’s action but, with light winds once again making conditions tricky, had a tough day on Sunday.

They had a poor start in race four and picked up two penalties in races five and six, but recovered to finish second, fourth and third respectively and ended on 76 points – two more than cup holders Oracles Team USA.

The event was the first stage of competition in the 2017 America’s Cup, with the next round due to take place in New York in May.

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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