Team Origin, the British America’s Cup team, most recently involved in the Transatlantic Record attempt with Richard Branson aboard Virgin Money, has confirmed that it will enter two forthcoming America’s Cup version 5 regattas.
The team will compete in the Club Náutico Espanol de Vela annual regatta that is taking place in Valencia, Spain, next week (7-9th November) and the second being the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to be held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of TEAMORIGIN, stated:
“This is indeed great news for TEAMORIGIN. After considerable delays and frustrations we finally get to go racing!! Desafio Espanol have kindly offered to lend us one of their AC V5 boats, ESP 88, instead of having to transport our own GBR 75 from the UK, and so the CNEV regatta provides us with an ideal opportunity to get our team back together and get out on the water against some top teams, including Alinghi and Desafio Espanol with possibly a fourth team to be added.”
Mike Sanderson, Team Director, commented “There have been many positive conversations going on over the last few weeks regarding the future of the America’s Cup event and so it is great news that we can finally announce today that we get to go racing!! The CNEV regatta has come about with very short notice but we have always kept our team together and so it means we are ready to go racing at any time.
I am certainly looking forward to next week’s sailing and also to the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series early next year. It seems like it has been a long time coming!”
Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Helmsman of TEAMORIGIN added: “Next week’s regatta in Valencia gives us a prime opportunity to get our team together and go racing against some top teams. It will certainly sharpen us up and probably throw us in at the deep end, competing against prolific names such as Ed Baird steering for Alinghi and Paul Cayard for Desafio Espanol. I am raring to go, as are all of the TEAMORIGIN sailing team!”