British sailing great Sir Ben Ainslie hosted the Duchess of Cambridge at his Portsmouth base for the Land Rover BAR sailing team for the opening of the team’s interactive ‘Tech Deck’ education centre.
As patron for the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, Her Royal Highness officially opened the education centre that offers a unique behind-the-scenes experience to sailing, the team and the technologies being developed for the America’s Cup team, which will help push the limits of faster and smarter sailing.
The Tech Deck is almost unique in its placing, as it is based at the home of a professional sports outfit, and has been developed for the National Curriculum’s Key Stage 3 students to ignite their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The Duchess also ‘took flight’ on BAR’s T1 test catamaran as the team went on a practice run on the Solent, the original race course for the first America’s Cup and the venue for next month’s Louis Vuitton Challenger Cup event. When out on the Solent, the T1 got up to speeds of 33 knots (38mph) in near perfect conditions.
Team Land Rover BAR was set up by Sir Ben Ainslie in 2014 to try and gain the America’s Cup for a British team for the first time in 165 years of the competition’s history. Ainslie helped Oracle Team USA go on an incredible run in the last edition of the event by winning the last eight races to win 9-8 against Emirates Team New Zealand, after joining the team midway through the final when Oracle were 5-0 down.
Land Rover has been a key sponsor for the team since its inception in June 2014 and will continue to be throughout its wider projects, as well as the aim to win the America’s Cup in 2017.
Find out more about Land Rover BAR at LandRoverBAR.com and the projects the team support, as well as details on how to visit the ‘Tech Deck’.