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Landrover BAR capsize new test boat in Solent

by Land Rover BAR

© Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

© Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

Whilst out training on the Solent today, the team’s test boat T2 capsized off of Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The boat was righted quickly and no team members were injured. The shot above, supplied by the Team, is clearly of the boat as she was about to capsize, other photos taken after the righting show that most of the film covering the wingsail was destroyed.

The team confirmed that damage was sustained to a section of the wing, which the team is currently assessing, but plan to be back on the water in the New Year.

T2 is Land Rover BAR’s second testing boat, launched three months ago on the October 5th.

The wind range was between 15 – 19 knots, the boat was sailing at a slow speed when an issue with the wing inversion initiated a capsize to windward. No other vessels were involved.

Team members on-board:
Ben Ainslie
Paul Campbell James
Bleddyn Mon
David Carr
Nick Hutton
Andy McLean
Benjamin Muyl – observer

David Lloyd image

David Lloyd image

Ben Ainslie Racing: Bermuda race course reconnaissance

From yachtingworld.com

The British AC team is the first to start work on developing a playbook for the Bermuda venue


Ben Ainslie Racing is the first Cup team to start active training on the water in Bermuda. On the face of it there is nothing surprising about starting a Cup campaign this early, especially at a new venue. But what makes the team’s account on how they are going about assessing the venue, ‘writing the playbook’ as they call it more remarkable to me is how quickly they have moved on from learning to handle eye wateringly quick, twin trapeze, foiling cats to concentrating on figuring out what makes the new course area tick.

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BAR develop virtual flying machine

From Ben Ainslie Racing

Without cutting edge design and engineering, no one wins the America’s Cup. In pursuit of their goal, the British team has developed their own sophisticated 3D sailing simulator, modelled on those used by the world of motorsport. The virtual flying machine will support the vital link between sailors and designers, creating an important feedback mechanism between the two core parts of the performance team. It also provides an equally important feedback loop within the design team’s optimisation process. The man leading the team behind BAR’s (virtual) flying machine is Dr. James Roche, formerly of McLaren Applied Technologies, where he had worked on the design of the skeleton sled that Lizzy Yarnold used to slide to gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Dr. James Roche – The man behind the Virtual Flying Machine
By Mark Chisnell 

The ground floor of Ben Ainslie Racing’s temporary headquarters has been through several lives in the short time that the team has been there. It started as a boatshed, but the boat-building quickly outgrew the available space and was moved to another facility. Once the dust had been cleared, a sealed, air-conditioned room was built to house the computer servers that power the design team’s thinking and research. Two areas were partitioned off for meeting rooms, as the growing team swallowed the desk space on the first floor. A gym was built, so the sailing team could fit training sessions into busy days, and in one corner…



BAR Foiling Simulator

The simulator links the Sailing Team – who use it for training – and the Design Team

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Time to fly


Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils. GoPros supplied by Sail Spy

From Ben Ainslie Racing YouTube channel