The Olympic sailor set sail on the Solent with members of the BAR team

Olympic champion Sir

Ben Ainslie took to the Solent yesterday to sail his foiling AC45 alongside other

members of the BAR team.

Setting off from their

temporary base in Southampton for the first time, the crew enjoyed gusty winds

off the south coast.

The boat originally

race under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012/13 and has

subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils.

Ainslie said: “Ten

months ago we had nothing, so to be out there today foiling in one of these

boats – after such a short time frame – is the result of a huge amount of

effort from all of the team, especially the shore team and designers.

“For us sailors it’s a

real privilege to get out there and sail one of these boats. It’s been a great

first day and it’s a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a lot of

work to do over the coming months.”

The news comes a few

weeks after it was announced that Portsmouth

would host the America’s Cup World Series
over the next two years in the

run up to the 35th cup in 2017.