Monday, October 11, 2010

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(October 11, 2010) Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy bowed out of Team Origin with a resounding win in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda but are now searching for a new sponsor to enable them to continue their campaign for 2010 World Match Racing Tour crown.

Last week's shock announcement by Team Origin owner Sir Keith Mills that he was scrapping plans for the next America’s Cup has left Britain’s leading sailors Ainslie and Percy in limbo with one event of the tour still to go.

They have a strong chance of becoming 2010 World Match Racing Tour champions for the first time having competed in five of the eight events this year, in which they posted two outright wins and a high-scoring second place.

They are currently lying in third place overall with Mathieu Richard of France at the top of the leaderboard with 105 points and Kiwi Adam Minoprio in second place with 90 points, two ahead of Ainslie.

But to take the world title, Ainslie needs victory in the final event in Malaysia in December so is currently approaching sponsors to fund this final part of their bid. 

Curmudgeon’s Comment: Let me be the first to jump into this bidding war. Hey Ben, remember me, we had good times in the BVI at the Pro-Am. Okay, mostly good times. Anyway, Scuttlebutt will help fund your team, and we’ll go after the non-sailing audience that is in such demand these days. Let’s re-do that photo campaign your country did prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where five of your team members posed naked, painted in ‘Olympic Gold’ body paint. We’ll call the photo collection ‘SHOWING SKIN TO WIN’.

Here’s the sample of Iain:


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