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INEOS TEAM UK challenge for Auld Mug

Britain's INEOS TEAM UK have officially entered the 36th America's Cup

Britain's INEOS Team UK, representing Royal Yacht Squadron Racing, have officially entered the 36th America's Cup in their bid to win sports oldest international trophy for Britain in 2021.

Despite 21 past British challenges, 167 years has passed and Britain has still not won the trophy.

The current holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have accepted the British challenge, alongside challenges from teams Luna Rossa (Italy) and American Magic (USA).

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has indicated that interest continues from other potential challengers around the world who have until 30 November 2018 to enter, as per the Late Entry period defined in the Protocol.

Back in April, Sir Ben Ainslie broke with his former backers - Land Rover and Sir Keith Mills and Carphone Warehouse founder Charles Dunstone - to partner with Jim Ratcliffe's UK chemical and oil products company INEOS.

Jim Ratcliffe and Ben Ainslie

INEOS, one of UK’s and the world’s largest petrochemicals and manufacturing companies, formed INEOS Team UK and made an £110 million investment in the America’s Cup.

New sailing team recruits include Iain Jensen (AUS) who joins fellow Olympic gold medallists Ben Ainslie and Giles Scott, and takes the tally of Olympic medals in the sailing team to six golds and two silver.

But all the Olympic medals in the world will not win the Auld Mug in a poor design, and this has been Britain's Achilles heel in challenge after challenge, including the last one in Bermuda.

The boats for AC36 will be 75 ft foiling mono-hulls and will use the very best of British technology and boat construction, heavily laced with a multi-national design team.

The team's Chief Designer Nick Holroyd has been working on some major new signings including:

Rolf Vrolijk (NED), Len Imas (USA), Hal Youngren (USA) and Gautier Sergent (FRA), a R&D Director and Lead Designer with North Sails.

Imas and Youngren, who competed together with ETNZ during the AC34 and OTUSA during the AC35, both bring hydro and aerodynamic expertise - along with their Cup experience.

Andrew McLean (NZL/GBR), previously an America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailor continues to lead the Systems Engineering team.

Philibert Chenais (FRA) contiues his role as Design Engineer alongside Chief Engineer, Benjamin Muyl (FRA). David Jonson now leads a structures team that includes Giovanni Belgrano (ITA).

Leading up to the America's Cup Match, are the America's Cup World Series events in 2019-2020, the Christmas Race in December 2020 and the Challenger Selections Series.

The Prada Cup in early 2021 to determine the team which will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup Match Presented by Prada in March 2021 in Auckland.

INEOS TEAM UK Sailing Team:

Ben Ainslie (GBR) – Skipper and Team Principal
Jono Macbeth (NZL/GBR) – Sailing Team Manager
Giles Scott (GBR) – Tactician
Leigh McMillan (GBR) – Back up Helmsman and Helmsman of INEOS Rebels UK
David Carr (GBR) – Grinder
Nick Hutton (GBR) – Grinder and Trimmer
Joey Newton (AUS/GBR) – Trimmer
Graeme Spence (AUS/GBR) - Grinder
Iain Jensen (AUS) – Wing Trimmer

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