Budleigh sailor Ben’s ‘real honour’ at signing new contract with America’s Cup team

Budleigh Salterton sailor Ben Cornish is looking forward to a new campaign with Ineos Britannia, the America’s Cup team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie, writes Steve Birley.

The sailor recently signed a contract with the team, saying it was a ‘real honour’ to be part of the fresh campaign.

Recently returning from spending time with his teammates, Ben said he was ‘looking forward to the challenges ahead’.

Ben said: “It’s been an exciting period of time for me having just signed a contract with the team.

“Although the venue of the next America’s Cup is yet to be determined, it is due to take place in 2024. For me it’s a real honour to be asked to re-join the campaign which concluded in Auckland in March 2021, which saw New Zealand retain the trophy.”

He continued: “The type of boat remains very similar this time around, with the AC75 class being refined to increase performance and racing. This will result in the competition being closer than before as all team’s home in on similar design concepts and of course have four years’ worth of prior knowledge to take forward.

“As some will know from following the America’s Cup. The onboard power for moving sails is generated by humans. This remains the case however the crew onboard has reduced from 11 down to eight and that makes the physical aspect of the game bigger than ever.

“I have just returned from 10 days with the Ineos Grenadiers – formerly Team Sky (cycling). They fall under the umbrella of Ineos Sport and we are using the resource they have to get us on the right tracks physically.”

On that spell with the Ineos Grenadiers, Ben said: “The camp took place in Mallorca and was a great opportunity to get an inside look at what this team does behind the scenes to ensure the cycling team are at the top of their game.”

Ben has certainly been active of late for he has also recently had a trip up to Berkshire.

He said: “Another exciting addition to our America’s Cup ambitions is the fact that Mercedes F1 are now playing a massive part in the design and build phase of the campaign.

“I returned from my induction at HQ in Brackley. This place is phenomenal and the resource now available to design and build this highly technical race boat really reassuring.”

He added: “Of course the driving factor for me to re-join the team is the history involved. As a nation we are still trying to win this competition. Sports oldest trophy (1851) which started as a race around the Isle of Wight, only four different nations have managed to win the America’s Cup.

“The chance to be competing for that potential moment of history is incredibly exciting and motivating for me.”

Ben said: “I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

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