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Researchers from one of the UK’s foremost atmospheric research institute are helping Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR sailing team in their bid to win the America’s Cup sailing competition for Britain.

The researchers, from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), are helping the Land Rover BAR meteorologists to use a complex weather prediction system to its full potential. The flexible and efficient computer model will provide accurate weather forecasts over the Bermuda venue for the America’s Cup challenge in summer 2017.

Director of NCAS, Professor Stephen Mobbs says: ‘Our researchers are experts at using this particular model, which means they know exactly how to tweak it so it’s as accurate as possible. We hope this collaboration allows the race team to maximise their chances in this year’s America's Cup’.

NCAS’s world-class expertise in weather forecasting will aid Land Rover BAR as they prepare the team to be pushed to their limits out on the water. Knowledge of a range of atmospheric variables is essential for the whole team out in Bermuda, and the tailored weather prediction system will give up-to-date and high resolution forecasts of wind direction, wind speed, storms and the state of the sea. They’ll know what to expect from the weather, and this information will be used to ensure they are fully prepared.

Land Rover BAR meteorologist Jessica Sweeney commented: “The expertise of NCAS has been key to our understanding the weather of Bermuda. Together we have conducted experiments on optimising a high-resolution atmospheric model for this small and isolated subtropical island. The results gives us an excellent picture of the race course, helping us with critical decisions such as the daggerboard choice and our tactical strategy.”

NCAS are pleased to announce their partnership with Land Rover BAR today, ahead of the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifiers that start on May 26th. Land Rover BAR will compete, with support from NCAS in head-to-head match races against their rivals in their bid to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain.

About Land Rover BAR

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America's Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America's Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben has developed and will lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.

Land Rover BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.

Sports teams represent key role models in society. This privileged position is not taken for granted at Land Rover BAR. The team believes our influence should extend far beyond the race course, and have put sustainability at the heart of operations since launching the team.

The team has set up a permanent headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team's activities, and welcomes the public into its Tech Deck and Education Centre. The 1851 Trust is the team's official charity, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is its Royal Patron.

In February 2017, Land Rover BAR launched their first America's Cup Class race boat code-named R1, in preparation for the America's Cup Louis Vuitton Qualifiers, starting May 26th in Bermuda. The team will carry two bonus points into the Louis Vuitton Qualifiers - the first of the final rounds of racing for the 35th America's Cup - as a result of winning the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, raced in identical 45-foot foiling catamarans. Almost four hundred thousand spectators watched in Portsmouth as the team won back-to-back victories in the 2015 and 2016 America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth events.