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America's Cup: Challengers sailing in Sardinia Images and Video

by Sail-World.com/NZ 16 Jan 09:56 GMT 16 January 2020
INEOS Team Uk - Cagliari, Sardinia - January 20120 © Alessandro Spiga

From Sardinia local photographer Alessandro Spiga has kindly provided the first images of INEOS Team UK preparing to launch and on the water for her first sail

Unfortunately on her first day out there was little wind and a sea mist. However the launch images in Cagliari show more of Britannia's foils and overall design concept.

In this gallery we also have images from the teams of Luna Rossa and INEOS Team UK sailing at Cagliari, Sardinia, along with one from INEOS Team UK that was taken in Portsmouth, UK - which is more revealing of her foiling set up and general design concept.

Tough going out there! • • #LunaRossaPradaPirelli #AmericasCup

Posted by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team on Saturday, January 11, 2020

From the just published INEOS Team UK newsletter, skipper and CEO Ben Ainslie writes:

The start of the new year has brought the start of INEOS Team UK's winter training camp in Cagliari, Sardinia, as preparations stepped up another level before the first America's Cup World Series (ACWS) event in Cagliari from April 23 to April 26, 2020.

Speaking during the second week of camp, INEOS Team UK Skipper and Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie said:

"We have just finished our first sailing week in Sardinia, and we had a great couple of days on the water. The breeze was light off Cagliari, which meant we went further out towards Villasimius to find the foiling conditions. Once found it didn’t take long for our AC75 race boat ‘Britannia’ to take flight. Britannia popping up on her foils and flying for the first time on Italian waters was a nice moment for the team. It reflected well on everyone involved with both setting up the base here in Cagliari and working on the big move from Portsmouth.

"The team have done a brilliant job getting our temporary base built in quite a short timeline to operate over the next 4 months. We are going to complete crucial testing, which will enable us to move the team forward both on and off the water towards the America’s Cup in New Zealand next year.

"Alongside our core team we are lucky to have local support join us including Mirco Babini, having that knowledge has been essential to enabling the team to settle in so well. The team are enjoying their time here and on our days off we have explored some of the city and experienced the brilliant local hospitality. However, we are very much in business mode as we countdown the days until the first America’s Cup World Series Event here in April. The racing will be spectacular.

We would like to thank everyone in Cagliari for their hospitality and support for the America's Cup."

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