LandRover BAR was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge.
The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851.
Ben will develop and lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
It is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.
LandRover BAR Great Britain – Team Members
Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR) – team principal and skipper: Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. At his first ever 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.
Now stepping into a new role, as 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.
Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), CEO: Martin Whitmarsh is chief executive officer for Ben Ainslie Racing, a position he formerly held with the McLaren Group.
Martin studied engineering at the University of Portsmouth, BAR’s home port, before starting his career at BAE Systems’ Hamble facility.
He was quickly promoted to work on advanced composites in Weybridge, rising to manufacturing director before moving to join McLaren as head of operations in 1989.
By 1997, he was managing director of the McLaren Formula One team, eventually rising to CEO of McLaren Racing and McLaren Group alongside his role as deputy chairman of the McLaren Automotive Group.
Jono Macbeth (NZL), sailing team manager: A three-time America’s Cup winner, New Zealand’s Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most successful and experienced America’s Cup sailor in the BAR team.
Jono’s cup career started when he joined ‘Team New Zealand’ in 1997 ahead of ita successful defence of the 31st America’s Cup in 2000.
Andy McLean (NZL), sailing team/ design team liaison: New Zealander, Andy ‘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.
Paul Campbell-James (GBR), sailor:
Paul Campbell-James is one of the most versatile 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.
Most recently, Campbell-James filled the helmsman’s role for the Italian entry, Prada Luna, during their campaign for the 34th America’s Cup.
David Carr (GBR), sailor: During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups; in 2003 with ‘GBR Challenge’, alongside BAR teammate Matt Cornwell, 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 teammate, Nick Hutton.
Matt Cornwell (GBR), sailor: 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.
Nick Hutton (GBR), sailor: Devon-born Nick Hutton came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth programme, starting his racing career in the double-handed 420 class.
Nick made his America’s Cup debut in 2012 as bowman with the Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ alongside 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.
Giles Scott (GBR), sailor: Giles Scott is the youngest BAR sailor and was probably best known for his battle with Ben Ainslie for the single Team GBR spot to race in the heavyweight single-hander (Finn) class at the London 2012 Olympics.
Since that disappointment, Scott has gone on to establish himself as one of the outstanding sailors of his generation.
A former ISAF Youth World Champion, he has twice won both the European and World Championship titles in the Finn, as well as the 2014 Olympic Test Event in Rio. He also raced with Luna Rossa’s team during their 34th America’s Cup campaign.