Home >

Sailweb  RSS feed
America's Cup

Land Rover BAR win Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series

Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team pulled off a stunning final day performance to win the final event and the overall Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series.

Land Rover BAR locked-out the overall victory with a 4 and 2 in the first two races Sunday in Fukuoka, then set about winning the the event with a third place in the final race.

This tied them on points with Artemis Racing and gave them the Fukuoka event on count back and closed out a remarkable double victory.

A third in the final race meant the full champagne moment as Ben Ainslie and crew closed out the double with a win in the Fukuoka event.

In nine events, the team have only been off the podium twice, recording four event wins (Portsmouth x 2, Oman and Fukuoka), plus a second in Chicago and two third places (Gothenburg and Toulon).

The World Series win means that the team will take two vital bonus points into the next round of the competition, the Qualifiers for the 35th America's Cup, starting 26 May 2017 in Bermuda.

Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal:

"It was an amazing day for the team because our core goal was to win the overall series, that is what we came here to do."

"Our objective was to get the two bonus points and we've got that, and now the focus is clearly on the race boat and the performance next summer in Bermuda."

"We will be straight into training in Bermuda and getting best prepared for the America's Cup to try and bring it home after a 167 years of hurt."

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Fukuoka - Final

1. LAND ROVER BAR 1 3 2 4 2 3 75 pts
2. ARTEMIS RACING 3 4 5 1 1 4 75 pts
3. ORACLE TEAM USA 4 2 1 3 3 5 70 pts
4. EMIRATES TEAM NZ 2 5 3 2 4 6 65 pts
5. SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN 5 1 6 5 6 2 61 pts
6. GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE 6 6 4 6 5 1 59 pts

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Overall - FINAL

1. LAND ROVER BAR - 512 pts
2. ORACLE TEAM USA - 493 pts
3. EMIRATES TEAM NZ - 485 pts
5. ARTEMIS RACING - 466 pts

Click image for a larger image

Follow Sailweb on Facebook - Click here