Macbeth warns Gothenburg test will be tough for Land Rover BAR

The Land Rover BAR team, skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie, won in Portsmouth
The Land Rover BAR team, skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie, won in Portsmouth
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Jono Macbeth is ready for a tough test as Land Rover BAR look to build on their flying start to the America’s Cup World Series.

The racing resumes on Saturday and continues on Sunday in Gothenburg.

Portsmouth was a great regatta for us, yes it was a good start but by no means was it an indication of the final standing

Jono Macbeth

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR are in good shape after their home victory in Portsmouth but sailing team manager Macbeth knows they face tough waters ahead.

He said: ‘Gothenburg will be the second leg of a long tough series.

‘Portsmouth was a great regatta for us, yes it was a good start but by no means was it an indication of the final standing. We have a long, long way to go.

‘As a team we have our feet firmly on the ground, we understand the level of competition.

‘We are certainly not going into Sweden thinking that we’re favourites.

‘When we started this series, I didn’t think there would be one team that dominated, the fleet is just so strong.

‘It is going to come down to the sailors minimising mistakes.

‘If you look at the way the races developed in Portsmouth there were big gains and losses on the race course throughout the build up and during the weekend.

‘But at the end of the day it was the same principals of yachting racing that won or lost races, good tactics can win you the race, poor boat handling could lose you the race.

‘The other thing that was quite evident is that you can never give up.

‘Just when you thought someone was dead and buried, they would come ripping through and be at the front of the fleet again.’

Macbeth reckons the conditions will be challenging for all the teams throughout the weekend.

He added: ‘I think Gothenburg could throw up a little bit of everything.

‘Traditionally it looks like it’s quite a light wind venue, but in the daily forecasts that we have been looking at so far there might be a mix of conditions.

‘It can be anywhere from seven to 20 knots, sometimes you can get nothing.

‘On the flip side I have been racing there and experienced quite a lot of wind. So we’re gearing up for everything.

‘It will be a sailor’s race course for sure. This regatta will be all about extracting the most from the boat.’