Sailing-America's Cup challenger Ainslie itching for SailGP fray

帆船-美洲杯挑战者安斯利渴望参加帆船比赛

2020/02/27 21:07  路透社
By Alexander Smith
   LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Tackling the twin peaks of the America's Cup and the high-octane SailGP racing circuit is part of Ben Ainslie's grand plan to create the world's leading sailing outfit.
   And Britain's Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is raring to race his foiling catamaran in SailGP's second series, which hits Sydney Harbour on Friday.
   "It's a busy, intense schedule ... (but) ultimately we want to be the best sailing team in the world," INEOS-backed Ainslie told Reuters by telephone this week after practice racing.
   Seven teams are set to compete in one-design, state-of-the-art F50 catamarans this year in a race to land a $1 million prize in sailing's equivalent of Formula One. 
   The catamarans, which "fly" above the water on hydrofoils, are an updated version of those used in the America's Cup in 2017 and have hit speeds of 50 knots (93 kms per hour).
   SailGP was set up in 2018 by Oracle founder Larry Ellison and America's Cup veteran Russell Coutts after Emirates Team New Zealand lifted the trophy in 2017 and opted to switch to experimental foiling monohulls.
   A SailGP campaign costs each team around $7 million a year, whereas Ainslie's tilt at the America's Cup with INEOS Team UK in 2021 is costing more than 110 million pounds ($143 million).
   Ainslie and his America's Cup crew have been testing their AC75 boat "Britannia" off the waters of Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia, where the first of a series of races for the oldest international sporting trophy is due to be held in April.
   "We went well ... The big take-away was the intensity of the racing. We are sharpening up our race skills with the America's Cup in mind," Ainslie said of his SailGP practice races.
  
   'INTENSE'
   While juggling the demands of both events is proving "quite intense", Ainslie is convinced that they fit well together.
   "We have got a big enough squad that we can rotate people around if needs be," he said.
   Ainslie's crew for the SailGP series includes Australian Olympic gold and silver medal-winning sailor Iain Jensen and British Olympic gold winning rower Matt Gotrel.
   As well as testing the crews on the water, SailGP's new series represents an evolution for the fledgling event as it seeks to build television and online audiences and sponsorship.
   This month SailGP said it had sold a minority stake to sports and entertainment group Endeavor in a deal which valued it at $200 million. ($1 = 0.7696 pounds) 
  
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(Reporting by Alexander Smith; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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亚历山大·史密斯
路透伦敦2月27日电-应对美国杯赛和高辛烷值帆船赛双峰赛是本·安斯利创建世界领先帆船公司的宏伟计划的一部分。
英国的安斯利是奥运史上最成功的水手,他渴望在周五登陆悉尼港的赛尔GP第二轮赛艇上比赛他的双体船。
“这是一个繁忙,紧张的日程.(但)我们最终想成为世界上最好的帆船队,”INEOS支持的Ainglie在本周训练赛后通过电话告诉路透社。
今年,七支车队将参加一项设计一流的F50双体船竞赛,以获得相当于一级方程式帆船的100万美元奖金。
双体船“飞”在水面上,是2017年美国杯赛中使用的双体船的最新版本,速度达到50节(每小时93公里)。
SailGP是甲骨文创始人拉里·埃里森和美国杯赛老将罗素·库茨于2018年创立的。此前,新西兰酋长队在2017年夺得了奖杯,并选择了试验性的单桅帆船。
SailGP运动每年花费每支球队约700万美元,而安斯利在2021年与INEOS英国队在美国杯赛上的倾斜花费超过1.1亿英镑(合1.43亿美元)。
安斯利和他的美洲杯组员一直在意大利撒丁岛卡利亚里附近的卡利亚里海域测试他们的AC 75船“不列颠尼亚”。在那里,最古老的国际体育奖杯系列比赛的第一场比赛将于4月举行。
“我们做得很好.最大的收获是比赛的激烈程度。我们正在提高我们的比赛技巧,考虑到美国杯赛,”安斯利在谈到他的赛尔普练习赛时说。

“强烈”
尽管事实证明这两件事的要求是“相当激烈的”,但安斯利确信他们很好地结合在一起。
“我们有足够大的阵容,如果需要的话,我们可以轮换球员,”他说。
安斯利的船员为SailGP系列包括澳大利亚奥运金牌和银牌的水手伊恩詹森和英国奥运金牌得主马特戈特里。
除了在水上测试船员外,SailGP的新系列也代表了这一新兴事件的演变,因为它寻求建立电视、在线观众和赞助。
SailGP本月表示,已将少数股权出售给体育和娱乐集团奋进号(Endeavor),这笔交易对其估值为2亿美元。(1美元=0.7696英镑)

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(亚历山大·史密斯报道;埃德·奥斯蒙德编辑)
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