Much has been said of Olympic sailing gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie's ambitions for the America's Cup and his plan to raise $100 million for a team at the world's most prestigious sailing event – but is a British team at the America's Cup a realistic expectation?
After Larry Ellison's Oracle team – of which Ainslie was a member – won last year's America's Cup in a breath-taking comeback finale, focus is back on the high-octane sport of sailing and the lineup for the next Cup.
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But with a personal fortune of $41 billion can anyone compete with Ellison's financial fire power?
Ainslie was clear that his bid for the Cup is in the spirit of competition, noting that Ellison himself supports the bid. "He's very supportive of our team model... we're really the first team other than Emirates Team New Zealand who are trying to be predominantly a commercially-backed team," Ainslie said at the opening of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore.