The Land Rover BAR Academy will look to find and support talented young British sailors aged between 19-24 years old, and create a pathway into the America’s Cup. The immediate goal is to select a British team to compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (RBYAC) in 2017. Raced in the same AC45F that the senior teams use for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, every America’s Cup Challenger and the Defender must enter a team into the RBYAC. The finals will be fought out during the main competition in Bermuda 2017.

The programme aims to provide the selected squad with a support platform that will enable them to realise their sporting potential through access to mentoring, coaching and sports science facilities at the home of Land Rover BAR, including workshops with the senior sailing team.

The application process for the Land Rover BAR Academy is now open, applicants will need to be between 19 and 24 on the 31st December 2017. The process will remain open until the start of the 2017 Youth America's Cup.

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The Extreme Sailing Series 2016, Sydney. - Sydney - Australia
© Jesus Renedo


The first intake into the Academy will see a squad of 12 sailors competing in the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS). The Series now uses a foiling multihull, the GC32, and is the perfect training platform to launch the careers of these young sailors. In addition, the ongoing selection programme will develop a team to compete alongside Land Rover BAR in Bermuda in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (June 2017). 


2017 Event Schedule

  • Muscat: 8 - 11th March
  • Qingdao: 28th April - 1st May
  • Madeira Islands: 29th June - 2nd July
  • Europe: 20th - 23rd July
  • Hamburg: 10th - 13th August
  • Cardiff: 25th - 28th August
  • San Diego: 19th - 22nd October
  • Los Cabos: 30th Nov - 1st Dec



Ten national teams comprising sailors aged 19-24 will race the foiling version of the AC45 ahead of the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda. The teams will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in a competitive environment in the same arena in which the 35th America’s Cup will be contested.


Schedule of events

May 29th – June 3rd 2017: Pool A team training
June 5th – June 10th : Pool B team training
June 12th – June 13th : Qualifier 1 racing *
June 15th - June 16th : Qualifier 2 racing *
June 20th – June 21st : Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Final Series *
* all race events include a third day of scheduled racing, held in reserve should any
* issues prevent racing being completed on scheduled dates

Find out more here: RBYAC

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    Will Alloway (GBR)

    Main Trimmer
    Will Alloway
    Main Trimmer

    Will Alloway juggles an intense schedule, balancing his time between the Land Rover BAR Academy, an Olympic 49er Campaign and a degree in Maritime Law at Plymouth University. From an early age Alloway wanted to make sailing his life. He learnt in dinghies, following the RYA’s development route into two-handed skiffs and has won a number of titles, notably the 29er (Youth skiff class) Nationals in 2012. 

    Alloway is currently campaigning for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 49er class with Henry Lloyd Williams, looking to bring back more sailing gold for Great Britain. He has a Sporting Excellence Scholarship from Plymouth University which helps him to fund his sailing dream, travelling to events around the world with the 49er.

    In his spare time, Will enjoys shooting. 

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    Sam Batten (GBR)

    Jib Trimmer
    Sam Batten
    Jib Trimmer

    Sam's role onboard the Land Rover BAR Academy GC32 is Jib Trimmer. He was brought up around boats and started sailing at the age of 9, racing Optimist Dinghies. By the age of 13 he had progressed into the 29ers where he competed in many national and world youth championships, including the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals in 2011 were he won Gold. Further training led to Sam moving up into the 49er fleet where he claimed 3rd in the Junior Worlds 2015. Other hobbies include cycling, swimming and kayaking. 

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    Owen Bowerman

    Owen's role on the Land Rover BAR Academy team is helmsman. He is currently studying Mathematics BSC at the University of Bath alongside training for an Olympic Campaign in the Nacra17. Owen has taken to developing his sailing techniques through a large variety of classes and crew partnerships and has been crowned 29er National Champion, RS Feva World Champion and competed in the Red Bull Foiling Generation (5th/6th). In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and being out on his bike. 

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    Rob Bunce (GBR)

    Skipper / Float
    Rob Bunce
    Skipper / Float

    Rob Bunce's role onboard the Land Rover BAR Academy's GC32 is Skipper and Float. Sailing since the age of 4, Rob has always had a passion for sport, especially water based activities. Living in land-locked Wiltshire never stopped Rob heading to the coast every weekend to nuture his love for sailing. He has competed in the 2015 Solitaire Du Figaro offshore race and placed 1st in the TP52 Antigua Week. Rob was part of the British Keelboat Academy in 2013 and embarked on the world-famous 608-mile Fastnet Offshore race where they finished 6th overall. Rob also enjoys cycling, kitesurfing and surfing as well as hockey; where he was on the West of England Hockey Team 2010-2011. 

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    Oli Greber (GBR)

    Jib Trimmer
    Oli Greber
    Jib Trimmer

    Oli has always had a passion for sport but his real interest for sailing took off at the age of 6, when his parents took him Optimist sailing on a small lake. A few years later he joined his local sailing club - Pevensey Bay Sailing Club, Eastbourne and trained in a Topper before being accepted to join the RYA Youth Squad. After training hard, Oli moved up into the multihulls and advanced through to the National Squad. At the age of 17, he won the first of two youth national championships which led going to the ISAF Youth Worlds twice and winning Bronze in 2013 in Cyprus - a career highlight so far. At the same time as applying for the Land Rover BAR Academy, Oli also carried out a 3 month internship with the Land Rover BAR Shore Team, learning vital boat building and rigging skills. His passion for elite sport lead him to studying Sport & Exercise Science at Portsmouth University, where he is currently in his second year. 

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    Elliot Hanson (GBR)

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    Elliot Hanson
    Main Trimmer

    Elliot, orginally from Macclesfield, joins the Land Rover BAR Academy as helmsman. His first exprience of sailing was at the age of six in Anglessey with his grandparents. He is a member of the British Sailing Team, competing in the Laser Class and has won a Silver medal in Weymouth World Cup 2016, placed 4th in Laser Europeans 2015 and holds 8 Radial / Standard U19/U21 European / World medals. His ambition is to win campaign in the Olympics. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and listening to music.

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    Neil Hunter

    Neil Hunter grew up on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast so was never too far from the sea. His racing career began at the age of 13, firstly in the RS Fevas, but quickly progressing into the International 420 youth class and Scottish RYA’s 420 Squad and then onto the 29er class sailing with his younger brother, Rory.

    At the age of 18, Neil and Rory got a 49er and they trained on their own every weekend for 18 months in Scotland between studying a degree in Naval Architecture at Glasgow University.

    The training paid off when they made a breakthrough at the 2014 ISAF World Championships in Santander beating all the development squad and podium potentials at the event. The Hunter brothers were then invited to join the British Sailing Team Podium Potential Squad and they moved to Weymouth full time in November 2014 where they went on to be 49er champions in 2014 and 2015.

    At the launch of the Land Rover BAR Academy in early 2016, Neil was invited to sail with the team at the first Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) event in Oman and has acted as Skipper for the ESS 2016 season.

    So far in Hunter’s careers his biggest highlight is being asked by Land Rover BAR Sailing Team Manager Jono Macbeth to join the senior team to train in Bermuda ahead of the 35th America’s Cup.

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    Adam Kay (GBR)

    Jib Trimmer / Float
    Adam Kay
    Jib Trimmer / Float

    21 year old Adam Kay, from Southampton, joins the Land Rover BAR Academy as Jib Trimmer / Float. Kay worked his way up through the RYA's Junior and Youth squads alongside studying for a Level 2 in Boat Building at Southampton City College and working at GP Sails gaining key sailmaking and rigging skills. He began racing on yachts and has crewed on everything from Quarter Tonners through J122's, First 40, J109's and GP42s. Foiling in the Nacra 20 introduced Adam to the world of high performance catamarans. At the age of 17, he was asked to help out on the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) circuit for its then sponsor, Land Rover. Adam continues to work at GP Sails when he's not training or sailing for the Land Rover BAR Academy. Other hobbies include snowboarding. 

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    Charlie Quigley (GBR)

    Strength and Conditioning Coach
    Charlie Quigley
    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Charlie joins the team as Land Rover BAR Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach. His job is to push the Academy sailors to their limits off the water and prepare them for what they face in competition at the Extreme Sailing Series events.
    He studied Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth, where he graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours. During his time at uni, Charlie was President of the Mens Football Club, winning ‘Most Improved Club of the Year’ and ‘Event of Year’ where he raised more than £10,000 for charity.
    In addition to working at Land Rover BAR, he is Head of Sports Science at Portsmouth College’s Football Academy and Community Football Club Coordinator at the University of Portsmouth.
    In his spare time, Charlie is very active and enjoys skiing, watersports and running.

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    Chris Taylor

    Chris joins the Land Rover BAR Academy team as helm. He grew up racing Optimist dinghies with the RYA Squad before moving on Fevas where he was crowned RS Feva World Champion in 2008. After a lot of training, he moved into the 420 class as a youth before progressing to the 49er class and joining the British Sailing Team. He came 3rd in the 49er U24's Worlds in 2015 and has multiple National Championship titles in the J80. Alongisde, competiting with the 49ers, Chris completed his degree in BEng Marine Technology at Plymouth University with First Class Honours. In his spare time, Chris enjoys a round of golf and cycling. 

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    Annabel Vose

    Annabel Vose, 22, is in her final year of a four year undergraduate masters course in Ship Science, the result of a long-term fascination with maths, physics and sailing. Vose grew up in Southampton and learnt to sail on the River Hamble. She progressed through the RYA's local squads and then onto the national squad where she trained with them for three years. At the age of 15, Annabel won the Girls National Title; a trip to the Optimist World Championships in Rio followed. After outgrowing the Optimist, Vose settled for the two-handed 420 where she won the Women's 420 World and European Championships before qualifying for the ISAF Youth Worlds where she claimed bronze. In 2014, Annabel became the first women to beat the men and win the Youth Nationals and subsequently the Student Match Racing Worlds. Another hobby of Annabel's is hockey - she is currently competing in the Premiership League for University Hockey.