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Ineos Team UK

British sailing team in Portsmouth, England

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Yacht club  Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (2012-2013)
 Royal Yacht Squadron (2015-Present)
Nation  United Kingdom
Team principal(s)Jim Ratcliffe
Sir Ben Ainslie
CEOGrant Simmer
SkipperSir Ben Ainslie
Sail no.Boat name
GBR-3R1 (AC50)
GBR-3Britannia (AC75)
AC45F yachts competing in the 2015–16 America's Cup World Series.
INEOS TEAM UK Headquarters building in Portsmouth.
INEOS TEAM UK racing their AC75 in the Prada Cup in 2021.

INEOS TEAM UK is a British sailing team based in Portsmouth, England.

The team was established in 2014 with the ambition of winning the America's Cup for Great Britain and to 'bring the cup home' to the United Kingdom. The team joined forces with INEOS in 2018. In 2021 the team will challenge for the 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, and will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron.

The team is owned and backed by INEOS Founder and Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and led by the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, who is Team Principal and Skipper

Ineos Team UK Intro articles: 6

Formation and facilities

In January 2012, Ben Ainslie announced the formation of a British team to compete in the America's Cup, called Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR). His team competed in the AC45 class for the remaining races of the 2011–13 America's Cup World Series to develop experience and generate interest from sponsors.[1] The team was also known as J.P. Morgan BAR in this early period and competed for the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.[2]

In January 2014, Ainslie began the process of raising £100M to fund the team, as well as development of racing yachts which was projected to take 30% of the budget. The project was initially backed by 12 core supporters including Sir Charles Dunstone and Sir Keith Mills.[3] In December 2014 Ben Ainslie Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) announced that they would work together on the America's Cup project, with Formula One designer Adrian Newey leading RBAT's efforts regarding design and engineering.[4] J.P. Morgan indicated that it was not planning to continue sponsorship and the team began the search for a new title sponsor.[5]

In April 2014, as part of the launch of Rear Admiral Rob Stevens's 'Transforming Solent' report, which makes 36 recommendations with 15 prioritised at an investment cost of £91M, Ainslie announced plans to build a team headquarters in the Solent area.[6] Having reviewed a number of sites, the project put forward plans to develop an operational building at Camber Dock, as part of the wider redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour.[7] On 18 June, Portsmouth Council approved plans for the £12M main operations building, which Ainslie confirmed would be built subject to £8M of requested UK Government-backed development funding.[8] On 1 July 2014, in a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, central government funding of £7.5M towards the operational building's construction was confirmed, with construction reliant on final planning permission from the council and the project raising the additional required funds.[9] The operational building is also where the boats are designed and manufactured, and contains administration and full crew development facilities. The design was developed by HGP Architects,[10] which also designed the nearby Spinnaker Tower. The building was opened in June 2015 and featured approximately 400 solar panels generating 130MWh/y,[11] ventilation features and insulation to improve its sustainability.[10]

In September 2018 it was announced[12] that sailing clothing brand Henri Lloyd would continue its long partnership with Sir Ben by supplying the kit for INEOS Team UK in the pursuit of the 36th challenge of the America's Cup in 2021.

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34th America's Cup

2012-2013 Americas Cup World Series

JP Morgan BAR initially competed in the 2011–13 America's Cup World Series competing in their AC45 catamaran. The team had excellent performance in two events in San Francisco but slipped to a surprise defeat in Naples in April 2013.[13] In August 2013, the competition jury received a report from Oracle Team USA that their boat and others they had loaned had unauthorised modifications.[14] Since they were using one of the out of measurement boats provided by Team Oracle USA, Ainslie withdrew his team from the competition on 7 August 2013. They denied that they had any prior knowledge that the boat was out of measurement, and were scored DSQ (disqualified) from the series.[15]

America's Cup World Series 2012-2013
Team Skipper Total pts Notes
1 Oracle Racing Jimmy Spithill
Tom Slingsby
274 DSQ
2 Luna Rossa Challenge Chris Draper 204
3 Ben Ainslie Racing Ben Ainslie 196 DSQ
4 Team New Zealand Dean Barker 193
5 Artemis Racing Terry Hutchinson
Charlie Ekberg
6 Energy Team Loick Peyron
Yann Guichard
7 Luna Rossa Challenge Francesco Bruni
Paul Cambell-James
Iker Martínez
8 Oracle Racing Russell Coutts
Darren Bundock
9 Team Korea Chris Draper
Pete Burling
10 Artemis Racing Nathan Outteridge
Santiago Lange
11 China Team Phil Robertson
Mitch Booth
12 HS Racing Roman Hagara 39 DSQ
Ben Ainslie winning the 34th America's Cup with Oracle Team USA.

In 2013, the team set a new multihull record of 2 hours 52 minutes 15 seconds for the Round the Island Race in their AC45.

34th America's Cup

The team did not enter to compete in the 34th America's Cup, with Ben Ainslie instead sailing as helm onboard Oracle Team USA's second AC72 in the teams training programme ahead of the event. During the 34th America's Cup match, Oracle Team USA were losing to Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1. The American syndicate decided to replace tactician John Kostecki with Ainslie, and went on to win 10 consecutive race wins to win the America's Cup. Ben Ainslie was credited as one of the key reasons behind their famous comeback to win the America's Cup in 2013. Several of the team's other key sailors also competed for Luna Rossa Challenge in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series.

Ineos Team UK 34th America's Cup articles: 42

35th America's Cup


Land Rover BAR's AC45F 'T1' training on the Solent.
Land Rover BAR's third test boat 'T3' training in Bermuda © Lloyd Images
Club Name Launch date Class
 Royal Yacht Squadron T1 October 2014 AC45F
 Royal Yacht Squadron T2 October 2015 AC45 Turbo
 Royal Yacht Squadron T3 April 2016 AC45 Turbo
 Royal Yacht Squadron R1 February 2017 AC50


Sailor Position
Ben Ainslie Skipper
Giles Scott Tactician
Paul Cambell-James Mainsail Trimmer
Bleddyn Mon Trimmer
Jonathan Macbeth Grinder
Nick Hutton Grinder
David Carr Grinder
Neil Hunter Grinder
Ed Powys Grinder

2015-2016 Americas Cup World Series

Land Rover BAR race in front of a home crowd at ACWS Portsmouth.
Land Rover BAR's AC50, drawn by Chevalier Taglang.

Following Ainslie's win representing the USA, it was announced that Ben Ainslie Racing would challenge for the 35th America's Cup in 2017. The team competed in the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series, finishing 5th overall in the Extreme 40 class catamaran.

The team raced in 2015-16 America's Cup World Series in the AC45F catamaran class, winning events in Portsmouth, Toulon and Fukuoka to take the overall series win.

America's Cup World Series 2015-2016
Team Skipper Total pts
1 Land Rover BAR Sir Ben Ainslie 512
2 Oracle Team USA Jimmy Spithill 493
3 Emirates Team New Zealand Pete Burling 485
4 Softbank Team Japan Dean Barker 466
5 Artemis Racing Nathan Outteridge 460
6 Groupama Team France Franck Cammas 419

Louis Vuitton Cup

Land Rover BAR racing their AC50 in the Louis Vuitton Cup in Bermuda.

In March 2015, former McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh was announced as Ben Ainslie Racing's CEO. In June 2015, Ben Ainslie announced a partnership with Land Rover and changed the team's name to Land Rover BAR.

The teams win in the 2015–16 America's Cup World Series conferred points towards the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup in Bermuda, which began May 2017. The team was knocked out of the competition by New Zealand in the Challenger semi-final. The defeat was attributed simply to the greater speed of the opponent's boat.

Round Robins
Team W L ACWS pts Total pts
1 Oracle Team USA 8 2 0 9
2 Emirates Team New Zealand 8 2 0 8
3 Land Rover BAR 4 6 2 6
4 Artemis Racing 5 5 0 5
5 Softbank Team Japan 3 7 0 3
5 Groupama Team France 2 8 0 2
Semi Finals
Team W L
1 Emirates Team New Zealand 5 2
2 Land Rover BAR 2 5

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Red Bull Youth Americas Cup

Land Rover BAR Academy competing in the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series © Harry KH
Land Rover BAR Academy racing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup © ACEA 2017
Land Rover BAR Academy celebrating their victory in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup © Jesus Rendo

Following the announcement that alongside the 35th Americas Cup would be held the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup, Land Rover BAR launched the Land Rover BAR Academy in January 2016, with over 150 young British sailors under the age of 24 applying to be part of the team. Of these sailors, a team of sailors were selected. The squad trained and competed on a GC32 Class catamaran in the Extreme Sailing Series in 2016 and 2017, under the expert guidance of the team's senior sailors and coaches.

The team raced in Bermuda in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup in the AC45F foiling catamaran class, finishing in 1st place with 50 points, 2 points ahead of their nearest rivals from New Zealand. The team was credited with being the only team to race with a female sailor onboard.

Qualifying Group A
Team Skipper Total Pts
1 Artemis Youth Racing Rasmus Rosengren 55
2 SVB Team Germany Paul Kohlhoff 47
3 Team Tilt Sebastien Schneiter 46
4 Team France Jeune Robin Follin 46
5 Youth Vikings Denmark Daniel Bjørnholt 43
6 Kaijin Team Japan Ibuki Koizumi 33
Qualifying Group B
Team Skipper Total Pts
1 NZL Sailing Team Logan Dunning-Beck 51
2 Land Rover BAR Academy Rob Bunce 51
3 Spanish Impulse Jordi Xammar 51
4 Team BDA MacKenzie Cooper 45
5 Next Generation USA Carson Crain 36
6 Candidate Sailing Team Lukas Höllwerth 36
Team Skipper Total Pts
1 Land Rover BAR Academy Rob Bunce 50
2 NZL Sailing Team Logan Dunning-Beck 48
3 Team Tilt Sebastien Schneiter 42
4 Artemis Youth Racing Rasmus Rosengren 37
5 Team France Jeune Robin Follin 35
6 Spanish Impulse Jordi Xammar 34
7 SVB Team Germany Paul Kohlhoff 33
8 Team BDA MacKenzie Cooper 33


Sailor Position
Neil Hunter Skipper
Rob Bunce Skipper
Chris Taylor Helm
Owen Bowerman Helm
Annabel Vose Tactician
Elliot Hanson Mainsail Trimmer
Will Alloway Mainsail Trimmer
Adam Kay Trimmer
Oli Greber Trimmer
Sam Batten Trimmer

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Extreme Sailing Series & GC32 Racing Tour

INEOS Team UK competing in the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour © Sailing Energy
INEOS Team UK competing in the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series © Harry KH

Following on from Land Rover BAR Academy's success over the previous two years in the GC32 class, the team, newly sponsored by INEOS competed simultaneously in the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series and the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour, both in the hydro-foiling GC32 Class catamaran class. The INEOS Rebels youth team finished in 4th place overall in the Extreme Sailing Series, whilst the senior INEOS Team UK team finished in 2nd place overall in the GC32 Racing Tour, with several event wins. Following the collapse of the Extreme Sailing Series at the end of 2018, the team began using their two GC32s for two boat training in preparation for their 36th America's Cup campaign.

Extreme Sailing Series 2018
Team Skipper Total Pts
1 Alinghi Arnaud Psarofaghis 92
2 Oman Air Phil Robertson 83
3 SAP Extreme Sailing Team Adam Minoprio 83
4 Red Bull Sailing Team Roman Hagara 72
5 INEOS Rebels UK Leigh Macmillan 70
6 Team Mexico Erik Brockmann 56
GC32 Racing Tour 2018
Team Skipper Total Pts
1 Norauto Franck Cammas 7
2 INEOS Team UK Sir Ben Ainslie 17
3 Zoulou Erik Maris 19
4 Realteam Jerome Clerc 20
5 Argo Jason Carroll 23
6 Frank Racing Simon Hull 27
7 .film Racing Simon Delzoppo 31
8 Codigo Rojo Racing Frederico Ferioli 41

Ineos Team UK Extreme Sailing Series & GC32 Racing Tour articles: 7

Sail GP

Great Britain SailGP Team presented by INEOS

On 26th November 2019, SailGP announced that Ben Ainslie would join the Great Britain SailGP Team as helm on the British F50 foiling catamaran. The team announced title sponsorship from INEOS, with the sailing team made up of both existing SailGP GBR and INEOS Team UK sailors.


Sailor Position
Sir Ben Ainslie Helm
Chris Draper CEO
Luke Parkinson Flight Controller
Iain Jensen Wing Trimmer
Richard Mason Trimmer
Matt Gotrel Grinder
Neil Hunter Grinder


SailGP GBR celebrating their win in Sydney in 2020

The team's first SailGP event was in Sydney in February 2020. Ainslie's crew dominated the series, winning four of the five fleet races, before taking the win in the final match race against Tom Slingsby's Australian team.

The second round of the 2020 SailGP series was due to be held in San Francisco in May 2020,[16] however SailGP delayed the second season until 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with points from the Syndey race removed from the championship.[17]

SailGP Sydney 2020
Team Helm Total Pts
1 Great Britain Sir Ben Ainslie 47
2 Australia Tom Slingsby 42
3 Japan Nathan Outteridge 39
4 Spain Phil Robertson 31
5 United States Rome Kirby 31
6 Denmark Nicolai Sehested 22
7 France Billy Besson 14


The team is expected to return to SailGP for the 2021/22 season, which begins in Bermuda in April, following INEOS Team UK's campaign for the 36th America's Cup.

SailGP Season 2 - 2021-2022
Pos Team Helm Bermuda Taranto Plymouth Aarhus Saint-Tropez Cadiz Christchurch San Francisco Total Pts
Australia Tom Slingsby
Denmark Nicolai Sehested
France Billy Besson
Great Britain Sir Ben Ainslie
Japan Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand Pete Burling
Spain Phil Robertson
Jordi Xammar
United States Jimmy Spithill

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36th America's Cup

INEOS Team UK's first AC75, Britannia , drawn by Chevalier Taglang.
INEOS Team UK's second AC75, Britannia II, drawn by Chevalier Taglang.

In 2018 it was announced that the team would join forces with INEOS and would challenge for the 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, as INEOS Team UK.[18] The team will race for Royal Yacht Squadron Racing.

The INEOS team boasts a world class sailing crew including Team Principal Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie and fellow Olympic Gold medallist Giles Scott. Combined, the team has 16 America's Cup wins and eight Olympic medals.[19]

INEOS Team UK's leadership team includes four times Cup winner Grant Simmer as CEO[20] and Nick Holroyd, who was instrumental in bringing foiling technology into the Cup, as Chief Designer.[21]

On 4 October 2019 INEOS Team UK launched their first America's Cup boat from their HQ in Portsmouth, naming her ‘Britannia’ in homage to one of Britain's most famous racing yachts, after over 90,000 design hours and 50,000 construction hours.[22]

In January 2020 the team relocated to Cagliari, Sardinia, for a winter training camp with the team's first America's Cup boat.[23] In March 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic the team made the decision to withdraw all sailing operations from Sardinia and return to the UK.[24]

In October 2020 the team relocated to Auckland for the 36th America's Cup [25] and on 16 October the team launched their race boat for the 36th America's Cup, Britannia, a foiling monohull capable of estimated top speeds of over 50 knots (93 km/H, 57.5 MP/H) and a significant evolution from the team's first AC75 with noticeable changes to hull shape, deck layout and more.[26]


Club Name Launch date Class
 Royal Yacht Squadron T5 August 2018 Quant 28F
 Royal Yacht Squadron Britannia October 2019 AC75
 Royal Yacht Squadron Britannia II October 2020 AC75


Sailor Position
Sir Ben Ainslie Skipper
Giles Scott Tactician
Leigh Macmillan Flight Controller
Luke Parkinson Flight Controller
Bleddyn Mon Mainsail Trimmer
Joey Newton Trimmer
Nick Hutton Trimmer
Richard Mason Trimmer
Ben Cornish Grinder
Chris Brittle Grinder
David Carr Grinder
Graeme Spence Grinder
Matt Gotrel Grinder
Neil Hunter Grinder
Oli Greber Grinder
Tim Carter Grinder

2019-2020 America's Cup World Series

INEOS Team UK racing in the America's Cup World Series in Auckland

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first two events in the 2019-20 America's Cup World Series due to be held in Cagliari[27] and Portsmouth[28] were cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports were cancelled. The four AC36 teams competed in the third and final ACWS event in Auckland in December 2020. INEOS Team UK struggled to keep their AC75 foiling during their manoeuvres, consequently ending the event with no wins, and in last place overall.

ACWS Auckland
Team Helm W L
1 Emirates Team New Zealand Pete Burling 5 1
2 American Magic Dean Barker 4 2
3 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli James Spithill
Francesco Bruni
3 3
4 INEOS Team UK Sir Ben Ainslie 0 6

Prada Cup

INEOS Team UK racing in the Prada Cup Round Robins series
INEOS Team UK celebrate their win in the Round Robin stage of the Prada Cup

Following a disappointing performance in the Auckland ACWS event in December 2020, the team spent the following three weeks making modifications to their boat Britannia ahead of the start of the Prada Cup qualifying series. This included a new mast and sails as well as modifications to the hull and foils. The team received support from INEOS sponsored Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

INEOS Team UK dominated the Round Robin phase of the Prada Cup which saw them race and beat each of the two other challenger teams three times, securing their place in the Prada Cup Final beginning on the 13th of February 2021. The team's place in the Prada Cup final marked a significant point in their campaign, being the furthest any British challenge had progressed in the competition since the introduction of a challenger selection series.

Round Robins
Team Helm W L
1 INEOS Team UK Sir Ben Ainslie 6 0
2 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli James Spithill
Francesco Bruni
3 3
3 American Magic Dean Barker 0 6

After Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's win in the Prada Cup Semi-Finals against American Magic, the American team was eliminated from the event, securing the Italian team's place in the Prada Cup Final alongside INEOS Team UK.

The Prada Cup Finals were held in prediminantly light wind (8-14 knots), with Luna Rossa showing great improvement in boat handling, winning the first 5 races consecutively. INEOS Team UK showed superior downwind pace in Race 6, taking their sole race win before Luna Rossa dominated Day 4 to take their sixth and seventh race win, winning the Prada Cup overall, and securing their place in the 36th America's Cup Match against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Team Helm W L
1 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli James Spithill
Francesco Bruni
7 1
2 INEOS Team UK Sir Ben Ainslie 1 7

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