Inside Ben Ainslie Racing IT'S been the centre of attention since the plans were first announced, and now the covers on the new home of Ben Ainslie Racing are about to come off.
The 15m build project on the Camber dock at Old Portsmouth is nearing completion and will house the whole team, from sailing, design to shore and support. BAR Base Project director Jonathan Goring said the team is proud of the new building, which is set to become a mecca for sailing boats for generations. Mr Goring, 52, said the pace of the project, which was only given construction approval last June, had been 'insane', louis vuitton shoes italy but they are all immensely proud of the team of constructors and suppliers, lead by Allied Developments, who have been working around the louis vuitton authentication thread clock to finish the build. He 7 star bags louis vuitton said: 'Everyone has gone above and beyond. 'We've had the prime minister come and tell us how important it is to the country. Everyone has been galvanised by the America's Cup and we knew we had to get the boat into the shed by May.' The construction team and suppliers were racing to get the building finished in time for the America's Cup World Series (ACWS), which will take place in the waters off Portsmouth from July 23 to July 26. The ACWS is part of the build up to the 35th America's Cup to be held in Bermuda in 2017, where a team assembled by champion sailor Sir Ben Ainslie will campaign to bring the Cup home. It hasn't all been smooth sailing the plans attracted mixed reaction when they were first announced last May. But it soon became clear that far more residents supported the plan than opposed it, and Portsmouth City Council's Donna Jones, David Williams and Clare Upton Brown were fully supportive of the project. The front door of the building is dominated by a 25m by 12m monotone version of the Union Flag, which Mr Goring said was one of a kind. He said: 'We had the opportunity to do something special with the door so we went for British and iconic. The building is also pretty unique in itself in the way it has brought a sailing team's design, boat crew, management and administration sections under one roof as well as housing an interactive visitor and education centre that will be run by the 1851 Trust.' Mr Goring added: 'BAR wanted to build a new base here in Portsmouth where not only will we be able to design our boats for many generations to come but we can also invite visitors into we aim to bring many local young people through the 1851 Trust Visitors Centre each year. An atrium, by glazing and cladding specialist Prism Architectural, sprouts up through the top levels above the boat floor, meaning that practically wherever you are in the base there is a view of the sleek racing machines. The inside of the building also has a distinct style. Designed by Lady Georgie Ainslie and Lady Francesca Grade the building's many glass walls and windows are adorned with inspirational quotes from legends past and present. Muhammad Ali's: 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' is there, along with Horatio Nelson's words of wisdom: 'first gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.' The team's sailors are first rate athletes and the new base gives them a gym to match. BAR's Head of Strength and Conditioning, Ben Williams, has worked with British brand, louis vuitton tennis bracelet Bulldog Gear to create a state of the art gym.
The sailing team train twice a day 'the fitter you are the faster you fly on the water'. Several boats are already at home at the base, including the team's training boat, 'T1' and the AC45F the foiling 45 foot catamaran that the team will race on off the shores of Portsmouth this summer. To launch one of the boats is a full on operation the sailing team assist the shore crew and can bring the boat out of the shed, attach the Winged Sail and have it in the water within 40 minutes.
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