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    Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR)

    Team principal and skipper
    GBR
    Sir Ben Ainslie
    Team principal and skipper

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    PROFILE

    Sir Ben Ainslie 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.

    Now stepping into a new role, as Land Rover BAR Team Principal, Ben will develop and lead a British entry into the 35th America’s Cup, with the aim of bringing the Cup back to Britain where it all began in 1851. 

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 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

    PERSONAL WEBSITE

    www.benainslie.com

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    GBR
    Paul Campbell-James
    Wing trimmer

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    PROFILE

    Paul Campbell-James is one of the most versatile Land Rover BAR sailors, with a strong, successful background in both mono and multi-hull racing. He brings a great deal of technical ability and knowledge, combined with a fine record as a multihull helmsman. He represented Italian entry, Luna Rossa Challenge, filling the role of helmsman onboard ‘Swordfish’ during the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series, moving into a reserve Helmsman and Performance Analyst role for the team’s 34th America’s Cup campaign. Previously, Campbell-James had dominated the Extreme Sailing Series, claiming two championship titles, the first was in 2010 with The Wave, Muscat and then again in 2011 with Team Luna Rossa. Before that he raced Olympic 49ers with the British team, but narrowly missed out on selection for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Campbell-James also had an active and successful match-racing career, including winning the British National title three times, the British Universities Team Race Championship and the Match Race University World Champion title whilst studying for his degree in Ship Science at the University of Southampton. Another BAR sailor who came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth programme, he was crowned 2002 Volvo RYA National Youth Match Racing Champion and was the Optimist National Champion in 1995.

     

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


    • Helmsman onboard ‘Swordfish’ 2012/13 ACWS with Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
    • 2011: Extreme Sailing Series Champion, Team Luna Rossa
    • 2010: Extreme Sailing Series Champion, The Wave, Muscat
    • four time National Match Race Champion
    • Three time British Universities Team Race Champion
    • Match Race University World Champion
    • 2002: Volvo RYA National Youth Match Racing Champion
    • 1995: Optimist National Champion
    • Young Sailor of the Year

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    GBR
    David ‘Freddie’ Carr
    Grinder/bow

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    PROFILE

    During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups; in 2003 with ‘GBR Challenge’, alongside Land Rover BAR teammate Matt Cornwall, in 2007 with ‘Victory Challenge’ and most recently as a grinder on-board 34th America’s Cup Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ with BAR team mate, Nick Hutton.

    During his America’s Cup (AC) career, David has racked up an impressive eight podium finishes from 12 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events, including three event wins in the 2012/13 ACWS circuit and finished as runner up in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) – the 30th anniversary of the event.

    He has a multi-hull racing background, having competed in five Extreme Sailing Series and was crowned the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series Champion with Oman Sail. Another BAR sailor who came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth Programme, he was inspired by his sailing father, former RYA Director, Rod Carr.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
    • 2012/13: Winner – ACWS Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
    • 2009: Extreme Sailing Series Champion, Oman Air
    • 2007: 5th – Louis Vuitton Cup, with Victory Challenge
    • 2003: 7th – Louis Vuitton Cup, GBR Challenge
    • TP 52 World Champion and Farr 40 European Champion,
    • Youth & Student World Match Racing Champion
    • 2008/ 09: Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon – In-port Grinder

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    GBR
    Matt Cornwell
    Grinder/bow

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    PROFILE

    Best known in the sailing industry for being the ‘nicest man in the sport’, Matt Cornwell has campaigned for two America’s Cups; with Areva Challenge in 2007 and GBR challenge in 2003. A hugely experienced sailor in both monohulls and multi-hull, fleet and match racing, Matt joined Team Korea to compete on the 2012/13 ACWS.

    He brings a wealth of achievements to Land Rover BAR – alongside his AC experience, he has won multiple championship titles and was part of the winning 2010 World Match Racing Championship team with BAR skipper, Ben Ainslie after enjoying a number of podium finishes on the 2010 circuit.
    Matt also competed on the Med Cup circuit for five years and finished second in the 2008 Extreme Sailing Series with British entry, Team Origin. In 2014 he was back racing on the Extreme 40 circuit, as bowman for J.P. Morgan BAR.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 2012/13 ACWS – Sailor with Team Korea
    • 2013: Broke the ‘Round the Island Race Multihull record’ with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
    • 2007 – 32nd America’s Cup, Valencia – Spain, sailor with Areva Challenge (FRA)
    • 2010: World Match Racing Champion with Teamorigin
    • 2009: Maxi Worlds with Alfa Romeo – 1st Mini Maxi Div
    • 2008: 1st – set the multihull record, Round the Island Race with Teamorigin Extreme 40
    • 2003: 6th – Louis Vuitton Cup GBR Challenge

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    GBR
    Nick Hutton
    Trimmer

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    PROFILE

    Devon-born Nick Hutton came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth programme, starting his racing career in the double-handed 420 class and made his America’s Cup debut in 2012. Hutton was bowman with the Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ alongside Land Rover BAR teammate, David Carr. The sailors enjoyed success together, winning the 2012/13 ACWS and finishing runners up in the Louis Vuitton Cup – the 30th anniversary of the event.

    Nick brings a huge amount of multi-hull racing experience to the BAR team. He has competed in six Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) and was crowned the 2010 Champion, with The Wave, Muscat. In 2014 he was back competing on the ESS circuit, with J.P. Morgan BAR, as the team’s Headsail trimmer.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 2012/ 13: Winner – ACWS with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
    • 2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
    • 2013: Winner – Alpari World Match Racing Tour, ‘Argo Group Gold Cup’, Bermuda
    • Competed on six Extreme Sailing Series circuits, crowed 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Champion
    • World and European Champion, Swan Championships
    • Student World Champion and two times British Champion

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    Xabier Fernandez (ESP)

    Wing trimmer/bow
    ESP
    Xabier Fernandez
    Wing trimmer/bow

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    Xabi Fernandez began sailing at the age of seven, inspired by his parents. His first boat was an Optimist, before moving into the Vaurien double-handed junior dinghy with his brother until he was 17. After that he moved in the Olympic 470 for a while, before joining Iker Martinez in the Olympic 49er in 1998. It was this boat that allowed Fernandez to make the jump to a professional sailing career, after winning world championships and Olympic gold.  

     

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2011
    • 3 times Olympian
    • Olympic gold in 49er class, Athens 2004
    • Olympic silver in 49er class in Beijing 2008
    • 3 times 49er world champion; 2002, 2004 and 2010
    • 3 times 49er European champion; 2002, 2007 and 2008.
    • 5 racing circumnavigations of the planet; four Volvo Ocean Races and one Barcelona World Race
    • 3rd at the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race
    • 2nd Barcelona World Race.
    • America’s Cup with Luna Rossa in 2013 
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    Jono Macbeth (NZL)

    Sailing team manager and grinder
    NZL
    Jono Macbeth
    Sailing team manager and grinder

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    PROFILE

    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.

    Most recently Jono shared AC success alongside 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 will now take on a new position, as Land Rover BAR Sailing Team Manager, still keeping an active role on-board.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 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

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    Alex Hopson (GBR)

    Strength and Conditioning Coach
    GBR
    Alex Hopson
    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Alex joins the team as Strength & Conditioning Coach and Soft Tissue Therapist having worked with Ben Ainslie in the lead into the 2012 London Olympic Games with the British Sailing Team. His work with the British Sailing Team continued after 2012 as he worked with Development level athletes. He travelled with J.P. Morgan BAR during the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series as their Strength and Conditioning coach.  

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    Neil Hunter (GBR)

    Grinder / Bow
    GBR
    Neil Hunter
    Grinder / Bow

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    PROFILE

    Land Rover BAR Academy Skipper, 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 this 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 World Series

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    Andrew McLean (NZL)

    Trimmer and systems engineering lead
    NZL
    Andrew McLean
    Trimmer and systems engineering lead

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    PROFILE

    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. 

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 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

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    Leigh McMillan (GBR)

    Back-up helmsman
    GBR
    Leigh McMillan
    Back-up helmsman

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    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.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Team GBR Olympic representative in multihull in 2004 and 2008
    • Winner Extreme Sailing Series 2012 and 2013
    • Winner Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour 2015

     

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    Bleddyn Mon (GBR)

    Wing trimmer/grinder
    GBR
    Bleddyn Mon
    Wing trimmer/grinder

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    Bleddyn was born in Bangor (North Wales) and started sailing at an early age from Traeth Bychan on Anglesey; initially with his brothers in Mirrors before moving on to a Topper. In his teenage years, he became a World and European medallist in the 29er. Since then, Bleddyn has studied Mechanical Engineering Aerospace at the University of Southampton, which included a 12-month industrial placement with the Red Bull Formula 1 team as part of the Aerodynamic Development Group. During university, he competed in the Extreme Sailing Series with The Wave Muscat in 2012 and most recently with J.P. Morgan BAR in 2014. He has also competed in 49ers, 470s, Etchells and several IRC class boats. Alongside his sailing role, Bleddyn is part of the Performance and Instrumentation Team.

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    Ed Powys (GBR)

    Bow/trimmer
    GBR
    Ed Powys
    Bow/trimmer

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    Ed Powys began his sailing career in Optimists, perhaps inevitable as he’s the son of a professional sailor (America’s Cup and Whitbread Race veteran Dave Powys). Ed progressed into the British Youth and Junior teams in the Optimist and 420. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from Brunel University he focused on sailing the Olympic 49er, and was a member of the British 49er squad from 2009 to 2014. He’s won medals in World Cup and Eurosaf events, and narrowly missed out on Olympic selection in 2012, becoming tune-up boat for Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes in Team GBR. Ed has also sailed high performance catamarans, racing in the Extreme Sailing Series in 2015 as mainsail trimmer aboard Oman Air. He also raced on the World Match Race Tour in 2014 as mainsail trimmer and tactician for Team Gilmour.

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    Giles Scott MBE (GBR)

    Bow, strategist
    GBR
    Giles Scott MBE
    Bow, strategist

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    PROFILE

    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.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    •2016: Olympic Gold, Rio 2016
    •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

     

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    Ben Williams (GBR)

    Head of Strength and Conditioning
    GBR
    Ben Williams
    Head of Strength and Conditioning

    Ben Williams is the Head of Strength and Conditioning for Land Rover BAR, and his job is to push the sailors to their limit off the water, to prepare them for what they face in competition. Ben’s background is in the British Army, where he developed his passion for fitness and conditioning. This passion progressed through education to enable him to become a physical training and rehabilitation instructor.

    Ben joins Land Rover BAR from Therapeutics physiotherapy and rehab centre. Before that he was Head of Health and Fitness at Hampshire Health and Racquet Club.

    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 Crossfit, snowboarding and sailing.