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UK News Ainslie's Britannia emerges as unlikely contender for America's Cup

01:35  18 january  2021
01:35  18 january  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Since the America schooner won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s £100 Cup , as it was then called, the United States held on to the prize through the longest streak of success any sport Share or comment on this article: Sir Ben Ainslie ' s Britannia emerges as unlikely contender for the America ' s Cup .

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Sir Ben Ainslie has been called, only slightly indulgently, our finest sailor since Lord Nelson, and on the other end of the planet the great Olympian is enacting one of the most remarkable putative comebacks in the history of British sport.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest international competition and we have never won it.

When it was first staged off Cowes in 1851, Queen Victoria, watching on from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, asked who was second.

a small boat in a body of water: Britannia maintained unbeaten run by making it four victories from four starts on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Britannia maintained unbeaten run by making it four victories from four starts on Sunday

That place was held by one of our fleet of yachts, behind the Americans. But she was told: ‘Your Majesty, there is no second.’

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Sir Ben Ainslie speaks to the crowd before the official naming ceremony for the Ineos Team UK America ' s Cup boat ' Britannia ' Credit: pa. I’m biased of course but I think Britannia - the name chosen by INEOS Team UK owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe in homage to the iconic racing cutter yacht

PRADA America ' s Cup World Series. Ben Ainslie reflects on what it takes to put together a winning America ' s Cup team in the final days before INEOS Team UK line up for Race one of the Prada Britannia rule the waves. INEOS TEAM UK blast out of the blocks with two wins on day 1.

Since the America schooner won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s £100 Cup, as it was then called, the United States held on to the prize through the longest streak of success any sport has known, a 132-year stretch and 24 defences that was ended only in 1983, when Australia II became the first challenger to prise the trophy from our friends across the Atlantic.

But a British boat has never been seriously close to ending their domination. The nearest occasion since the Second World War was 1983 and Peter de Savary’s Victory Challenger, but that spirited enterprise ended in glorious defeat.

Back to today, and the Ainslie renaissance taking place in New Zealand for the right to be official ‘Challenger’ to the holders Team New Zealand. The backstory is that Ainslie’s Ineos Team UK were written off as no-hopers in December, their £100million flop of a boat — Britannia — struggling and disparaged.

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ben ainslie . ben ainslie is well used to calling the shots, just not as a team principal. he sailed solo at five consecutive olympics, winning medals at each of and though many tried, once the cup left britain that year, it never returned. britannia may rule the waves, but someone forgot to tell the crew of the

america ' s cup will stay in america . it is the oldest trophy in international sport, and one of the rules is that the winner gets to decide where the next once the cup left britain that year, it never returned. britannia may rule the waves, but someone forgot to tell the crew of the ranger. fast forward to today

Ainslie’s crew have emerged as unlikely favourites to win the right to take on American Magic © Provided by Daily Mail Ainslie’s crew have emerged as unlikely favourites to win the right to take on American Magic

They lost every one of the warm-up matches. And often by a huge margin, their version of super hi-tech monohull failing to show any of the required speed, especially in light winds. They failed to get up on their foils and were made to look mugs, tortoises in a prolonged sprint.

But that predicament has been turned on its head during the Prada Cup, part of the selection procedure to take on the aforementioned role of Challenger, namely the one yacht to contest the America’s Cup for real in early March against New Zealand.

As it has transpired over the last few days, Ainslie’s crew have emerged as unlikely joint favourites to win the right to take on the holders after four wins in as many starts.

Yesterday they beat the Italians, Luna Rossa, during a tight fight test, before the Americans later took on the Italians.

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Ben Ainslie , Britain' s most successful sailor, talks to CNN about his decision to end his four-year partnership with Land Rover in favor of a 3 million deal with petrochemicals giant INEOS as he tries to win the America ' s Cup .

Ainslie defeated in America ' s Cup . Average wind speed has dropped to 12.9 knots… Ainslie ' s America ' s Cup hangs by a thread as NZ take lead. Oh no! Having sailed a really clean race, GB stuff their bows into the water midway through the final beat.

a man riding on the back of a boat in a body of water: The US yacht, Patriot, held a decent lead until they lost control and capsized on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail The US yacht, Patriot, held a decent lead until they lost control and capsized on Sunday

And now the plots thickens again, as the US yacht, Patriot, held a decent lead. But with the Americans dominating events comfortably, they went into a turn and lost control.

Their boat, backed by Airbus, took to the air and banged on to the water, tipping over slowly. Its mast lay flat on the water.

Five of the crew of 11 went overboard. They were all rescued. But was it a sign that they were rattled by the threat to the 36th America’s Cup? The American boat was seriously damaged in its bow section and was starting to sink.

‘I am thinking of them,’ said Ainslie. ‘Nobody wants to see a capsize like that.’

The damaged yacht was towed ignominiously back to the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, some 11 miles away. There are round-robin races remaining to decide who will take on New Zealand for the Cup.

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But there is no question that Sir Ben, backed by wife Georgie, is showing his mettle as a leader, making the subtle changes that are needed.

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After the setbacks in December, he is demonstrating the qualities that took him to four Olympic gold medals between 2000 and 2012, often against the odds.

A New Zealand columnist said there are four dogs in the fight: the greyhound of New Zealand, the whippets of America and Italy and the corgie of Britain. The bite back has begun.

As Ainslie said at London 2012, or actually at Weymouth, when he was up against it but prevailed to win a remarkable fourth Olympic gold medal: ‘They have made me angry and you don’t want to make me angry.’

He was losing at the time, but he won Olympic gold, yet again,

Do not bet against him again delivering on a remedy for the oldest sore in Britain’s sporting story.

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