LONDON (AP) — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie will sail in next year’s America’s Cup with defending champion Oracle, gaining experience for what he hopes will be a title challenge with his own team.
Ben Ainslie Racing will compete in the America’s Cup World Series after this year’s London Olympics before joining Oracle.
Following the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco, the 34-year-old Briton intends to use the experience to take his own team into the 35th edition.
Ainslie says “we very much hope to be a challenger in the future.”
Ainslie won his Olympic golds in the Laser and Finn class but the America’s Cup is more challenging, with the 2013 edition raced in AC72 wingsail catamarans.