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Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Team UK secures a place in final America’s Cup qualifiers

Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Team UK secures a place in the final America’s Cup qualifiers despite a major technical problem

  • The Cunningham broke and a collision in the last stage was fortunately just avoided
  • Ben Ainslie called the race one of the ‘great’ he had ever competed in
  • Ineos Team UK will face American Magic or Luna Rossa in the Challenger Series Finals

Ben Ainslie pushed one race closer to victory at the America’s Cup on Saturday after overcoming a major technical problem to secure his place in next month’s final qualifying game.

The skipper of the British Ineos Team UK went past the Italian boat Luna Rossa in what Ainslie called one of the most ‘amazing’ races he had ever competed in.

And the Auckland victory was all the more remarkable as an important piece of equipment, the Cunningham – which changes the shape of the sail – had broken, while a final leg collision had just been averted.

Ben Ainslie receives the Christmas Cup after the victory of Ineos Team UK in the round robins

Ben Ainslie receives the Christmas Cup after the victory of Ineos Team UK in the round robins

Ainslie will now face American Magic or Luna Rossa in the Challenger Series Final to decide who will face Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup in March.

“It was one of the most fantastic races I ever competed in,” said Ainslie.

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