Ben Ainslie Racing at the London Boat Show
The team at Ben Ainslie Racing are all looking forward to this year's CWN FX London Boat Show, running at the ExCel exhibition center from the 9th to 18th January 2015.
There's plenty of exciting stuff going on with members of the Sailing and Design teams talking at different events at The Lab (see schedule below); we have the brand new merchandise line from Henri Lloyd; an energy and technology display that includes a Power Grinder, 3D printer and a 3D virtual sailing experience; the America's Cup World Series team will be on hand to tell you all about the event in Portsmouth in June; and not forgetting the boats, the foiling two-man multihull we use for training and our brand new 9.8m Scorpion support RIB will be on the stand.
BAR will launch their new merchandise range during the show
The first phase of our brand new range of Henri Lloyd merchandise will be available – the full line will be out this coming summer. If you want to 'wear your support' for Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), then pop along to the stand to have a look. And you can even personalise it with your name, just like Ben! Spinlock will also be showing the great new Personal Protection Equipment that they have developed for the team.
It will also be possible to get up close to a couple of the craft BAR use. There is the foiling two-man multihull – others will be sailed in training in Bermuda later in January – and our brand new 9.8m Scorpion RIB. This will be handed over to the team at the Show, and will be out on the Solent supporting the sailing of 'T1', our first training boat, in February.
Giles Scott and Paul Campbell-James training on the Solent
Several of our other partners will be on the stand, including the most recent; Low Carbon, who will be helping the team install the very latest solar photovoltaic (PV) technology at our new headquarters in Portsmouth. Other exhibits in our interactive technical area will include tasters from the Visitor Center at the Team's new HQ in Portsmouth. This is due to open in July 2015, run in conjunction with the 1851 Trust as a showcase for the sport, innovation and sustainability.
Energy is one of the themes of our stand this year, apart from Low Carbon's solar panels we will have the Power Grinder that the athletes use to train. This is where the power comes from on the America's Cup boat – the sailors must generate the equivalent energy required to run two microwave ovens for the duration of the race. Come along and have a go, see just how much effort it takes to charge your smartphone, never mind do your washing. It's a fun – but sweaty – way to learn the cost of energy!
The team will compete in the foiling AC45 in Portsmouth this summer
We will also have a 3D printer at the Show manufacturing parts for our next training boat, along with the components for a model of the wing. It's a highly efficient way to produce custom parts – and if you time it right, you can see pieces of a real BAR training boat in production! Plus enter the world of 3D with our virtual experience, to see what it feels like to sail on-board a foiling AC45.
There will also be a chance to speak to the America's Cup World Series team who have a display on the event in Portsmouth this summer. Get advice on the dates to add to the diary and the best vantage points to view the racing.
Keeping with the energy theme, we've just added a new sustainability section to our website, which includes the publication of the full details of our Sustainability Strategy. BAR will promote innovation and new technology to push the boundaries of what's possible, and showcase a way of operating that's low carbon and light on environmental impact. If you're interested in the different areas in which we are working, please click along and take a look:
Our Sustainability Manager, Susie Tomson will be talking at the Show's 'Lab' on Wednesday, giving details of our Sustainable Procurement Code and new procurement system for suppliers. Our goal is a more sustainable supply chain, and more and better opportunities for all shapes and sizes of marine, local, national and international businesses to work with us - if that sounds like you, then come along and see Susie (details below).
It's going to be quite a week, and it's all happening on Stand F002 – come along and say hello!
10 30 – Sailors Paul Campbell-James and Matt Cornwell take part in activities on the BAR stand
14 00 – Paul Campbell-James and Matt Cornwell Q&A at 'The Lab' (45 mins)
15 00 – Paul Campbell-James and Matt Cornwell signing session on the BAR stand
14 00 - 'Joining BAR's Supply Chain' - talk in 'The Lab' with Sustainability Manager, Susie Thomson
10 30 – Designers Andy Claughton and Simon Schofield take part in activities on the BAR stand
14 00 – Andy Claughton and Simon Schofield Q&A at 'The Lab' (45 mins)
15 00 – Andy Claughton and Simon Schofield signing session on the BAR stand
About Ben Ainslie Racing
Sarah Alexander, Ben Ainslie Racing Press Officer
t. +44 7766 391 276 / +44 1489 587 878
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America's Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America's Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben will develop and lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.
About Royal Yacht Squadron Racing Ltd
Royal Yacht Squadron Racing Ltd is a club affiliated to the Royal Yacht Squadron and Ben Ainslie Racing will be their sailing team in the challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Founded in 1815, the Royal Yacht Squadron is regarded as one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. Its clubhouse is located in Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The Squadron's patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the Squadron's Admiral is Prince Philip.
The team to bring the America's Cup home to Britain