DAVID ‘Freddie’ Carr is confident Land Rover BAR will not repeat costly mistakes made in Gothenburg for the final America’s Cup event of 2015.
The sailor said the Portsmouth-based side were lucky not to finish last in Sweden last month – and it was thanks to skipper Sir Ben Ainslie the Brits pulled through into third place.
Carr insisted the crew have upped their game since during training and can’t wait to compete in Bermuda later this month – before setting their sights on the next round of sailing regattas next year.
Emirates Team New Zealand emerged as victors in Swedish waters, followed by Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR in third.
‘We are feeling confident,’ said Carr.
‘We have the same level of confidence that we had going into Gothenburg.
‘Unfortunately, the chips didn’t go our way in Gothenburg, but we managed to keep focused as a team and we want to end the year on a high.
‘The result we gain in Bermuda is one we will have to live with for a few months leading up to the next regatta in 2016; we are acutely aware of that.
‘In Gothenburg, we went into the last race aiming to win the regatta, but so were three other teams.
‘It was a very tight regatta.
We have highlighted a few areas where we can improve and we hope that pays off in Bermuda,Land Rover BAR crew member David ‘Freddie’ Carr
‘Unfortunately, in that last race we slipped behind by a couple of seconds and we were at the back for the majority of it.
‘It was thanks to Ben Ainslie and a very good crew that we managed to gain back those couple of seconds.
‘So instead of staring down the barrel of fourth place, we managed to gain third.’
Carr said competitors have stepped up since the home side hosted the first World Series of the America’s Cup competition this summer – where they came out on top.
‘There’s no doubt about it, everyone else has got better,’ he said.
‘We felt we had an advantage going into Portsmouth in terms of boat handling, and in Gothenburg everyone had taken a step towards us.
‘But we feel we are improving as a whole team.
‘We have highlighted a few areas where we can improve and we hope that pays off in Bermuda.’
Land Rover BAR, based out of the Camber in Old Portsmouth, are also firmly setting their sights on Portsmouth’s next cup regatta – and can’t help but look back fondly on how the city embraced them this summer.
‘It’s hard not to be fired up,’ added Carr.
‘We knew it was going to be a great event because of the buzz around the city.
‘A lot of us were new to Portsmouth.
‘But in the months leading up to it, we were amazed by the number of people in the coffee shops and restaurants talking about it.
‘People were asking us a lot of questions about sailing, which is not what we had experienced in any British city before.
‘The city really embraced it.
‘That was evident when we pushed off the dock on day one and could see 70,000 people on the beach.
‘It was unbelievable how we were embraced by people and as we went out Ben said: “we need to go out there and focus on doing some sailing” because it was so emotional.’
The Bermuda challenge takes place between October 16 and 18.