Ben Ainslie Racing Partner with Yamaha

September 17, 2014

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) Team Principal, Sir Ben Ainslie, has launched a new team partnership with Yamaha Motor in the UK. 

Both Scorpion and Yamaha are working closely with the America’s Cup team to build bespoke vessels that concentrate on BAR’s core sustainability goals. 

Andy Pumfrey, New Business Divisional Manager, of Yamaha, commented, “We are delighted to support Ben Ainslie Racing as the team embarks on the new challenge of bringing The America’s Cup home.

“Yamaha has been the outboard of choice for the British Sailing Team’s coaching RIBs for many years and for thousands of running hours, throughout Ben’s sailing career and many Olympic medal successes. 

“Yamaha also brings its global experience from previous America’s Cup Campaigns so that together we set the benchmark for chase boats with the new Scorpion.’ 

Although a first collaboration for the team, Yamaha and Scorpion have had a working partnership for many years and Scorpion has been a supporter of BAR’s America’s Cup bid since 2012. Over the past year Scorpion has significantly researched the development of RIB hull design, resulting in high performance, safe, comfortable and efficient RIBs. 

Sir Ben Ainslie added: ‘As well as being extremely reliable, versatile and adaptive, Scorpion and Yamaha are both innovative companies which makes for a really exciting partnership for BAR. 

“We are looking to race sustainably for the America’s Cup and across the team, from sailing, design and shore side, we will work closely with them both to build and develop new technologies whilst delivering this goal.”