Talk about winning the lottery. Ben Ainslie in his quest to win the Americas Cup just did that. All this over a chat in a pub got him the backing of INEOS boss Jim Ratcliffe.
We need to find out where Jim is drinking! That won’t help us much as we also cant sail like Ben Ainslie.
Americas Cup Race
The Americas Cup is the premier yachting race and takes place between the holders ( currently New Zealand’s RNZ Yacht Squadron) and challenges. The challengers need to fight it out to see who will meet the holders.
These are not your average family yacht outings. These superyachts cost the amount of a small castle. Technolgy is rooted in every aspect of the yacht. It is a super expensive sport as is evident by the size of the grant.
Why Is Americas Cup So Important?
It pits country against country and industry against an industry. The might of technology and sailing combined. The holder of the title is viewed as the most exceptional Yacht Crew on earth. Countries have had diplomatic rows re these races. It is a fiercely contested affair, so it’s excellent that the chilled New Zealanders are the holders.
Americas Cup has been around since 1851, and a lot of tradition has built up around it. The United Kingdom was an early holder of the title, but both the Americans and now New Zealanders have had periods of domination.
What About The Rest of Us?
As for the rest of us, we are sticking with our lumpy yachts for the moment. Without being able to locate Jim Ratcliffe and pitching an idea to him, we might as well lump a few quid on the lottery.
Or Learn How to Sail Like Ben Ainslie!!
Is a Ben Ainslie Americas Cup Win Likely
The man has won a fair few medals including Olympic Golds. He has also won the lottery, sorry we mean a grant to enable him to compete in the yacht race.
Despite an impressive pedigree, we think that the New Zealanders are too far ahead in the race to be surprised.
When the races are on, we will still have a few quid on Sir Ben. He does have all those medals for a reason you know!!