Charles Benedict "Ben" Ainslie, CBE, called King Ben is the most famous English sailor who won 11 World Championships and five Olympic Gold Medals since 1996. This in 5 different boat classes.The team was founded in 2012 and would like to gain experience for the 35th AC.Ben Ainslie was recently knighted and is now not a king, but in fact a "Sir".
After 2007 it is China's 2nd participation in the AC resp. the AC World Series.Although the team is supported by government and the Chinese Sailing Association - there is no indication that China wants already to enter rigorously the Cup - with all the possible technical and financial resources.
The team changed several times their logos and positions and added a blue dragon close tothe sterns.
AC45 World Series HS Racing as challenger in Naples 2013
Country/ Challenge:USA/ Competitor, AC World SeriesSyndicate/Team: HS RacingYacht Club: Golden Gate YC, San FranciscSkipper: Roman Hagara, H.P. Steinacher
HS Racingwas the team of Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the two Austrian, 2-time Olympic champion in the Tornado class. Both are also the Sports Directors of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.Hagara and Steinacher attended the AC 45 World Series late and only for 4 days in April 2013 in Naples The team sailed under the Red Bull design but under the U.S. Flag for the Golden Gate YC, San Francisco, in partnership with the Oracle team. Participation was made possible by the 4-times AC winner Russell Coutts. The New Zealanders is currently CEO of the Oracle Team. Although the team sailed in Naples on the 8 place, it landed finally on last place due to the short participation.
Hagara and Steinacher
With the Gennaker of Oracle#5 (Coutts) in a match-racewith Oracle#4 (Spithill)