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William and Kate applaud Sir Ben Ainslie after America's Cup triumph

25 July 2016

During a practice race ahead of the latest America's Cup World Series event, a build-up to the 35th America's Cup itself, Spithill's four fellow crew members are constantly on the move, bouncing off the trampoline that joins their two hulls.

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"From that, the coaching team and the boys on board identified it was something we didn't want to do and Ben and Ed [Powys, tactician], managed to get us away from the other boats and we could sail clean and fast". "We seemed to have a mode upwind with the Code 0 that is moving us forward", says Campbell James The French had a fantastic day and they are going to be hard to beat, but we are going to pull out all the stops for the home crowd tomorrow".

"The whole last race was really tense", Ainslie said.

Race two was another penalty-fest at the start, with every team except Groupama Team France incurring penalties for crossing the line before the gun, but the pack quickly caught up with the French team and at the bottom mark the home crowd went wild as Land Rover BAR took the lead. He helped Oracle Team USA win the 2013 America's Cup.

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He added: "I think it's been a brilliant weekend".

Crowds of thousands gathered along Southsea seafront to cheer on Olympic sailor Ben and his team as he led the fleet to secure a tied first-place spot with Groupama Team France on the series scoreboard, placing Land Rover BAR second in the overall 35th America's Cup runnings, behind Emirates Team New Zealand.

"We hung in there and were delighted to get the second place".

"Last but not least, this is probably the only time I've been to the United Kingdom and it hasn't rained, so overall, a pretty good weekend!" "We've been training hard, preparing thoroughly and the guys are really fired up for it", said Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie. Oracle staged one of the biggest comebacks in sports to retain the Auld Mug.

On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America's Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America's Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America's Cup in May/June 2017.

William and Kate applaud Sir Ben Ainslie after America's Cup triumph