Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Team Origin back on course

Winners: Ben Ainslie visited Jenson Button at the European GP in Valencia Photo: GETTY IMAGES
America's Cup: Team Origin back on course - By Brendan Gallagher
Team Origin, who through no fault of their own have been thwarted in their attempt to challenge for the America's Cup, effectively staged a relaunch on Wednesday when they unveiled a racing programme that will include nearly 200 days on the water in 2010.

"We are back into a recognisable America's Cup cycle and we can start to make plans again" said Team Principal Sir Keith Mills on Wednesday. "It has been extremely frustrating while the lawyers sorted out what was to happen between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing for the 33rd America's Cup, especially as we felt we were ahead of the game and in good position to challenge. We had assembled a great crew and had two superb boats designed and ready to build.

"But we have not wasted the time, we have been busy with other racing projects such as the Extreme 40s. Ben has been competing in the World Match Racing championships which he will also continue to do and the team showed up well in the Louis Vuitton Pacific challenge in Auckland earlier this year. The new series is very much a continuation of that really." Read full article