Land Rover BAR Academy show determination in San Diego

Day 4 San Diego - Act 7 Extreme Sailing Series 2017

Land Rover BAR Academy show determination in San Diego

Day four of Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, USA, delivered picture perfect sailing conditions for the last day of Act 7 with 9-12knts of breeze in place for the seven world class teams to entertain the Californian crowd.

The day started frustratingly for Land Rover BAR Academy with the team missing the first two races due to damage to the daggerboard case. However, the British team showed grit and determination to fix the damage and complete the days remaining races (DNS,DNS,5,5,8,7).  

Andrew Walsh, Land Rover BAR coach “Today was a testing day for the team but it was also hugely positive to see how they responded to the adversity of boat damage minutes before the start of race one. Alongside improving performance on the water, we also immerse the team in boat maintenance and repair work and although not ideal timing it was a positive to see this young group of sailors putting those skills into action.”

Once the damage was fixed the young team with Sir Ben Ainslie on the helm went on to secure sixth place overall on the San Diego leaderboard.

Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of the British America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR: “It has been great sailing with the Land Rover BAR Academy in San Diego and being able to see first-hand how they have developed over the last two years. We did well in light winds, including three race wins, it then became slightly trickier in the bigger breeze, which was always going to be the case with a few sailors in new positions and being my first time helming the GC32. 

Ainslie continued “They are a fantastic group of young sailors and I have been impressed all week by the standard of their sailing skills. It’s has also been useful to identify where the programme needs extra support ahead of the next group of young sailors we have coming through.”

Land Rover BAR Academy end the penultimate Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 in sixth place overall behind a world class experienced fleet. They now head to Mexico, Los Cabos (30 November – 3 December) for the last event of the 2017 series. All the action can be followed through the Land Rover BAR social media channels and   

Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, San Diego, final standings 

Position / Team / Points
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 273 points
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 263 points
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 239 points
4th Oman Air (OMA) 233 points. 
5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 212 points 
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 201 points
7th Team Extreme San Diego (USA) 198 points
8th Lupe Tortilla Demetrio (USA) 152 points

Land Rover BAR Academy Crew List:
Ben Ainslie, Helmsman
Rob Bunce, Skipper/ Bow
Adam Kay, Float
Elliot Hanson, Main Trimmer
Will Alloway, Jib Trimmer
Owen Bowerman, reserve helmsman 
Oli Greber, reserve Jib Trimmer

Day 3 San Diego - Act 7 Extreme Sailing Series 2017


Testing day in San Diego for Land Rover BAR Academy

Day three of Extreme Sailing Series San Diego saw spectacular conditions with the world-class fleet enjoying seven fast paced and nail-biting races with plenty of foiling action.

The penultimate day proved to be a frustrating one for Land Rover BAR Academy with a day of middle of the fleet results (5,3,6,5,7,6,8) leading to the team dropping one place on the leaderboard to fifth place overall. 

Rob Bunce, Land Rover BAR skipper: “It was tough out there today, we didn’t feel we were able to get to the first mark in the position we wanted. It has been great to have Ben (Ainslie) join the team this week and we are working well as a team which makes todays results even more frustrating. Tomorrow is a new day and with six races expected you can easily erase a bad day with a strong performance”.

Racing resumes tomorrow from 14:00 UTC-7 you can follow the action via the live stream on the official Facebook and YouTube.


Day 2 San Diego - Act 7 Extreme Sailing Series 2017

After yesterday’s light breeze, winds of up to 13knots arrived for the second day of the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, USA. The change in conditions brought action packed foiling racing with the GC32’s reaching speeds in excess of 25knots to entertain the shoreside crowd. 

Land Rover BAR Academy, helmed by Sir Ben Ainslie, had mixed results from the days six races (5,1,4,7,6,7) but remain in the hunt for a podium finish ending the day in fourth place overall.


Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal Land Rover BAR “We had great sailing conditions on San Diego bay today with good breeze and flat water making racing this type of boat (GC32) a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the results didn’t go our way but it was good to see the guys working hard throughout the day to try and better our position. We are working well as a team after only two days together and tonight we will de-brief and come back stronger tomorrow”.  



Elliot Hanson, main trimmer Land Rover BAR Academy “Our performance wasn’t as strong as yesterday but it has to be expected, most of the guys onboard have not sailed together for a while and its only Ben’s second day on the GC32. For sure we can take positives from the day we had a few good races, including another race win at the start of the day, and we remain in contention for a podium finish.”

The Racing kicks off again tomorrow at 14:00 UTC-7. Watch the live action on the official Facebook and YouTube. For more information about the event and how you can follow, visit the official event page.


Day 1 San Diego - Act 7 Exteme Sailing Series 2017


The opening day of Act 7 Extreme Sailing Series 2017 saw light winds and tight tactical racing on San Diego Bay. Land Rover BAR Academy enjoyed one of their best days of the 2017 series finishing in second place overall after four podium finishes, including two wins, from the days six races.  

The British team made a great start finishing second in the days opener. Race two saw even more impressive form with a dominating performance from start to finish resulting in a race win. The good form continued into race three, with a carbon copy performance of the previous race, and the Brits holding off Swiss team Alinghi to take their second win on the bounce.


Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR Principal:  I’m enjoying racing the GC32 it’s a really interesting class, they perform very well in light winds and get on the foils quickly. The racing is as close as expected for the Extreme Sailing Series you have to make great starts and have faultless boat handling to finish at the top end of the leaderboard. The guys put on a great performance today, really impressive.”


The second half of the day saw the breeze on San Diego Bay gradually get lighter. This made a good race start pivotal. Unfortunately, in race four Land Rover BAR Academy were seconds early on the start line incurring an OCS penalty which eventually lead to a seventh placed finish. This didn’t deter team spirit with excellent boat handing in race five leading to another second placed finish.  The final race of the day was sailed in close to no wind and edged on unsailable, Land Rover BAR joined two other unfortunate teams who were unable to finish within the allotted race time.


Andrew Walsh, Land Rover BAR Academy coach: “It was a really solid day we made great clean starts which combined with good boat handling around the course resulted in four podium finishes. It’s impressive to watch Ben bring his years of experience to the team, he is very clinical on the start line and pulls the trigger at the right time to set up strong performances. Tomorrow looks like champagne sailing conditions with 10-12 knots and sunshine which will be exciting. We are looking forward to getting back out on the start line and staying in contention”