Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team feeling confident going into World Series

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CONFIDENCE is high in the Ben Ainslie Racing camp that they are a step ahead of the competition.

Land Rover BAR, skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie, appeared cool yesterday as they were asked about their chances.

But the Olympic hero said he is on a ‘strict diet’ in preparation for his role – and is aware of the calibre of opposition his team are facing.

He said: ‘This is probably the toughest America’s Cup in recent history, if not ever.

‘If you look at the line-up on these boats, it’s going to be incredibly tough.’

It comes as international teams moved into Portsmouth naval base this week.

The Japanese and American squads have been regularly seen out in the water.

Crew member David ‘Freddie’ Carr said: ‘I think we are ready as we can be.

‘We’re involved in a 10-day training schedule and on day five some of the other teams were only on day one.

He added: ‘It makes us feel confident.

‘We feel we are in a comfortable position compared to the opposition.

‘I am very proud of what sailing has become.

‘This isn’t just a sailing event, it’s a special sporting event.’

The News was also given a tour of Land Rover BAR’s base, which includes a gym where the crew are training twice a day in between getting out on the water.