( Reuters) – Britain’s Ben Ainslie has actually described Group New Zealand (TNZ) as the “All Blacks of the sailing world” in a nod to their dominant rugby team, as he highlighted the obstacle of dethroning the America’s Cup holders next year.

Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is hoping to lead the British challenge for the most prestigious reward in yacht with INEOS Group UK in Auckland starting March 6,2021

But the 43- year-old anticipates a difficult difficulty from the likes of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Group, American Magic and Stars & Stripes Group U.S.A. in the challenger series – which begins on Jan. 15 and will identify who fulfills TNZ for the Auld Mug.

” All of these teams are actually, truly strong, so simply to make it through the Challenger Series we’ve got our work cut out,” Ainslie informed Sky Sports.

” Then, if we get through that obstacle, we’re efficiently up against the All Blacks of the cruising world, on their home waters. It doesn’t get any harder than that but that’s what makes it unique, that obstacle.

If you can accomplish that objective (and win both) versus that sort of line-up, it’s an amazing achievement.”

Getting involved groups are permitted to construct just 2 AC-75 monohull foiling luxury yachts for the regattas next year – consisting of the 36 th edition of the America’s Cup.

” They’re various. They’re the very first monohulls, certainly on this scale, that are raising and flying. It’s really strange, that sensation of you coming away from the water,” Ainslie included.

” It in fact feels truly natural and when we get up there. We’re up around 50 knots (57 miles or 92 km per hour) of boat speed, which for a power boat is truly going some and for a sailing boat is a quite sensational speed.

” I think that it’s going to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, on record to win when you take a look at the line-up of the teams. We’re positive, we’ve got a great team.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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