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Ainslie adds SailGP

Ben Ainslie will helm the British entry in the 2020 series of SailGP with backing from INEOS Team UK, adding the catamaran competition to his campaign to win the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2021. SailGP said yesterday that Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor, has signed up to the 2020 circuit which will pit crews from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States against each other in high-speed catamarans. Culminating in a winner-takes-all US$1-million prize, SailGP was launched in 2018 by Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts after Emirates Team New Zealand lifted the last America’s Cup and opted to move back to monohulls. New Zealand’s decision to contest the 36th America’s Cup in revolutionary single-hulled boats ended plans led by Ellison and Coutts to turn the oldest trophy into a more frequent circuit event sailed in high-tech catamarans.


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