Team principal and skipperGBRSir Ben AinslieTeam principal and skipper
Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR's Team Principal & Skipper, has developed and led a British team to compete in the America's Cup. Land Rover BAR exited the 35th America's Cup at the semi-final stage, losing to the eventual winner and new defender, Emirates Team New Zealand. The team is now preparing to compete in the 36th edition in 2021.
Ben is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games.
Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA on-board for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.
He was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning Cup team.
• 2013: Winner of the 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco – USA with ORACLE TEAM USA
• 2013: Broke the ‘Round the Island Race Multihull record’ with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
• London 2012 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
• Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
• 2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia – Spain with Team NZ
• Athens 2004 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
• Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
• Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games: Silver Medal
• 11 times World Champion
• Nine times European Champion
• Four times World Sailor of the Year
Sailing team manager and grinderNZLJono MacbethSailing team manager and grinder
A three-times America’s Cup winner, New Zealand’s Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most successful and experienced America’s Cup (AC) sailor in the Land Rover BAR team. Jono’s Cup career started when he joined ‘Team New Zealand’ in 1997 ahead of their successful defense of the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. He moved across to BMW ORACLE Racing to campaign for the 33rd Cup in 2010 and claimed his second AC win in Valencia, Spain.
Jono shared AC success alongside Land Rover BAR skipper, Ben Ainslie, as a grinder on-board winning 34th America’s Cup team, ORACLE TEAM USA. His relationship with Ben dates back to 2007, when they joined forces on-board Team New Zealand to win the Louis Vuitton Cup in Spain. Jono takes on the position as Land Rover BAR Sailing Team Manager.
• 2013: Defender and Winner – 34th America’s Cup, with ORACLE TEAM USA
• 2010: Winner – 33rd America’s Cup, with BMW ORACLE Racing
• 2007: Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
• 2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, with Team New Zealand
• 2003: Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
• 2000: Defender and winner – 31st America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
Sailing Team / Control Systems & Instrumentation Team LeaderNZLAndrew McLeanSailing Team / Control Systems & Instrumentation Team Leader
New Zealander Andrew "Animal" McLean is an experienced inshore and offshore racer. He has campaigned three times for the America’s Cup, twice for his home country New Zealand, and competed in two editions of the global Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).
Most recently he competed in the 2012/ 13 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) and the 30th Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, on-board as a grinder and part of the performance and instruments shore team.
He also competed in the last edition of the VOR as Pitman/Trimmer on-board CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, enjoying a second place finish, after making his VOR debut in 2008/09 on-board Green Dragon.
A qualified mechanical engineer, Andrew was also part of the winning 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup team with fellow New Zealander and Land Rover BAR teammates, Jono Macbeth and Ben Ainslie. Andrew also plays a vital role in the Land Rover BAR team as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.
•2016 - Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
2013: 4th – 30th Anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, AC72
• 2013: Broke the Round the Island Race multihull record with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
• 2011/ 2012 Volvo Ocean Race with Team Camper, Pitman/Navigator – 2nd
• 2008/ 2009 Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon, Pitman/Navigator – 5th
• 2007: Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
• 2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
• 2003: Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand
Back-up helmsmanGBRLeigh McMillanBack-up helmsman
Leigh McMillan grew up on the Isle of Wight, and began sailing with his father, who skippered classic yachts. He progressed to dinghies at the age of eight, representing Britain at the Optimist Europeans and Worlds. He moved into the Laser Radial and won the Youth Nationals, before transferring to the Hobie 16 when it became an ISAF class for the Youth Worlds. McMillan competed in the Youth World Championships in South Africa in the Hobie 16, and this began his career in multihulls.
He qualified to represent Team GBR in Athens in 2004, placing 13th. McMillan qualified again in 2008 after a series of podiums at major international regattas, but finished 6th. The multihull event was then dropped from the Olympics, which forced McMillan to look in a new direction.
The answer was the Extreme 40, first developed in 2004 and 2005 as a short course racing multihull. Leigh McMillan joined the debutant circuit in 2005 and 2006, when it was part of the Volvo Ocean Race, before returning to the Olympics. Once the 2008 Games were over, McMillan rejoined the circuit, racing for various teams before joining Oman Sail mid-season in 2011. He’s been there ever since, subsequently winning two championship titles, along with the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour in 2015.
- Team GBR Olympic representative in multihull in 2004 and 2008
- Winner Extreme Sailing Series 2012 and 2013
- Winner Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour 2015
Tactician / GrinderGBRGiles Scott MBETactician / Grinder
Giles was born in 1987 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. After starting out in an Optimist on Grafham Water, he soon progressed to the Topper, winning the national championships, and then moving onto the Laser Radial Class. He quickly won a bronze medal at both the World and European Laser Radial Youth Championships.
Giles then moved into the Laser Standard and after a testing couple of years won the RYA Youth Championships and Trials in 2005, before going on to win gold at the ISAF World Youth Championships. Whilst studying at Southampton University, he continued his sailing in the Laser Standard, heading to the World Championships in 2007 and finishing 7th overall.
In 2006, Giles started sailing the Finn Olympic single-handed dinghy. He instantly took to the boat, and in only his first year finished 14th at the World Championships. Giles progressed up the ranks fast, winning the 2011 Finn European and World Championships, and pushing Ben Ainslie all the way in selection trials for the Team GBR spot at the London 2012 Olympics.
Giles moved into the America’s Cup circuit on board Team Korea, picking up a surprise third place at the San Francisco AC World Series event, which led to joining Luna Rossa’s Sailing Team for the 34th America’s Cup.
In the 2014 season, Giles has been head and shoulders above the rest of the Finn fleet, picking up seven consecutive regatta victories. He looked untouchable in his build-up to the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds, and delivered with an exemplary performance to comfortably win his second Finn world title. Giles has also been nominated for ISAF World Sailor of the Year for 2014.
2016: Olympic Gold, Rio 2016
2016 - Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
2014: ISAF Sailing Finn World Champion
2014: Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event), gold medal
2014: Finn European Champion
Over 15 gold medal wins at European and International regattas since 2008
2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
2012/13: Winner – ACWS Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
2012: ACWS San Francisco – Team Korea
2011 ISAF Sailing Finn World Champion
Bronze medal at World and European Laser Radial Youth Championships
2005: Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships
Head of Strength and ConditioningGBRBen WilliamsHead of Strength and Conditioning
Ben Williams is the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Land Rover BAR, and his job is to physically prepare the sailors off the water, to maximise their potential in training and competition on the water.
Before joining Land Rover BAR Ben worked in Judo, Triathlon, Motorsport and Specialist rehabilitation and has over 10 years’ experience in Elite Sport.
Ben’s hobbies also include endurance sports, he has competed in the Marathon des Sables (MdS), Ironman triathlon and the Race Across America (RAAM). These are arguably three of the hardest races in the world. He also enjoys cycling, skiing and sailing.
Sailing Team CoachGBRRob WilsonSailing Team Coach
From Chertsey, UK, Rob was a keen sailor from a young age. He studied chemistry at undergraduate level at the University of Bristol, before achieving an MBa from the University of Southampton. During this time, Rob sailed in the British Sailing Team in the Tornado. He then became a coach and has since been acknowledged in the UK Sport ‘Coaches Hall of Fame’ by HRH Princess Royal. His coaching resume includes helping Helena Lucas to Paralympic 2012 Gold, The Wave Muscat to Extreme Sailing Series wins in 2012 and 2013, and Alegre to a Mini Maxi World Championship.