The British America’s Cup challenger, Land Rover BAR, announces its Youth Academy Team for the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™.
Land Rover extends its commitment to the global Series for a further two years.
As part of its commitment to support talented young British sailors, and to create a pathway into the America’s Cup, the Land Rover BAR Academy has entered a squad of 12 sailors in the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series.
The 2016 Series and its global tour of Stadium Racing venues combined with world-class sailors and competition, will provide the perfect platform for the Land Rover BAR Academy to develop its sailing team as part of its on-going training and selection process for the British Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC) in 2017.
Andy Tourell, Event Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, welcomed the Land Rover BAR Youth Academy’s participation. “This is yet another endorsement of the Series as a proving ground for the world’s best multihull sailors and as a competition that the best in the business want to take part in,” he said. “At the 2015 America’s Cup World Series Bermuda, for example, 73% of the sailors who competed earned their stripes in the Extreme Sailing Series. We are also really pleased to confirm today that Land Rover has committed to another two years with the Series: a great endorsement that we continue to deliver tangible return on investment for international brands.”
The Land Rover BAR Academy will be racing against up to seven other elite teams including the experienced Danish crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team, who announced their new GC32 campaign before Christmas. Further team announcements are due in the coming weeks.