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Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) Academy claim the Cup after nail-biting finale

Published: 23 June 2017
Sailing team
Annabel (second right) celebrating with her team. Photo credit: Giles Martin-Raget

Southampton MEng Ship Science student Annabel Vose and her Land Rover BAR Academy teammates came through a nail-biting finale to win the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.

The British entry, made up of some of the country’s top sailing talent aged between 19 – 24, was led by Skipper Rob Bunce with 23-year-old Strategist, Annabel who was the only female crew member to compete.

Close-up of Annabel
Close-up of Annabel on the big screen at the competition. Photo credit

The 12 race final went down to the wire with the New Zealand Sailing Team ready to claim the cup after winning the three closing races. After leading at the halfway stage of the finals, Land Rover BAR Academy needed to keep pace with the Kiwis in the final race to have a chance for victory. At the final turn, a clash between the German and Swedish teams allowed Land Rover BAR Academy to sail past and on to an historical victory.

Photo of the team mid-race
Photo of the team mid-race. Photo credit: Giles Martin-Raget




Annabel said:

"Although we didn’t have our best today, I think all the effort we’ve put in throughout the year just meant that we could pull together as a team and get the results that we needed to take the win and we are absolutely thrilled by the result!"

Land Rover BAR Team Principal and Skipper, Ben Ainslie said:

"We could not be prouder of the Land Rover BAR Academy winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. All their hard work, commitment and dedication over the past 18 months has really come together on the water here in Bermuda."

Land Rover BAR launched the Land Rover BAR Academy in January 2016, to support talented young British sailors, and create a structured pathway into the America’s Cup. The team competed in the same AC45F foiling catamaran that Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR raced, and won, the 2015 – 16 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in. With little time to celebrate the young Land Rover BAR Academy are now heading to Madeira to compete in the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 from 29 June to 2 July.

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