America's Cup: Sir Ben Ainslie keen to put a team together to challenge USA Team Oracle

Last Updated: 08/01/14 5:49pm

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Sir Ben Ainslie holds aloft the America's Cup after last year's thrilling victory

Sir Ben Ainslie holds aloft the America's Cup after last year's thrilling victory

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Sir Ben Ainslie admits he would like to be involved in putting a team together for the next America's Cup having helped USA Team Oracle record a stunning victory last year.

The 36-year-old, who became the most decorated sailor in Olympic history when winning his fourth gold at London 2012, answered a call to help Larry Ellison's team recover from 8-1 down to beat Emirates New Zealand 9-8 in San Francisco Bay last October.

Protocol governing the rules for the 35th America's Cup - including dates, venue and boats - will be published in the next few months and Ainslie will wait until they are revealed before committing to the event.

And Ainslie, who launched his team JP Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing in January 2012, is hopeful of having the chance to work with Red Bull's Formula One design chief Adrian Newey on any new boat.

"Getting the money together is probably the biggest challenge we face but we have had a lot of success and I am very humbled by the support we have had so far and I am very confident we can get that money together."
Sir Ben Ainslie

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "The America's Cup is certainly the pinnacle of yacht racing. It's like Formula 1 for sailing.

"There's a massive design element involved and you are talking about budgets over 100 million dollars over a three or four-year campaign.

Humbled

"Getting the money together is probably the biggest challenge we face but we have had a lot of success and I am very humbled by the support we have had so far and I am very confident we can get that money together.

"I think, certainly, there are going to be some big efforts to cut costs which we have seen in other sports like Forumla 1.

"We are probably talking about a smaller boat, less crew and some other cost-cutting measures to try and make it more inclusive, to have more teams and to make it more commerically viable."

Asked if working alongside Newey would be part of his plans for the team, Ainslie added: "I've caught up with Adrian a few times. I am a massive Formula 1 fan and spoke to him at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"He is fully committed to the Red Bull team, but he is a big sailing fan too and I would love him to be involved in any way he wanted. Perhaps we can get him to come down and spend some time with us to make sure we are setting off in the right direction on the design side."

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