BAR unloads first boats in Bermuda as locals watch in anticipation

Royal Gazette. By Colin Thomson.

History was made at the Royal Naval Dockyard yesterday when Ben Ainslie Racing rolled out the first foiling catamarans to reach these shores.

Curious pedestrians and motorists watched in awe as an advance party from the 35th America’s Cup challenger unloaded a large container housing two double-handed NACRA F20 catamarans and assembled them in the boatyard at West End Yachts.

Some observers snapped photos of the “flying” catamarans while they casually chatted with team members of the British syndicate as they went about their task of getting the multihull boats ready in time for a week-long training camp with surgeon-like precision. “We are the advance party, so we are here early to put the boats together for a training week,” said BAR team member Jonathan Goring. “We have two of these, so we are going to have two boats sailing.

“We are hoping to get in as much sailing as we can and get to know the waters — and this will be one of many times.”

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