Our Partnership with Land Rover BAR
In 2015, MDL Marinas signed a six-year deal to be Land Rover BAR’s Official UK Marina Partner. The exciting news saw the MDL group get behind the team as they competed on home waters for the first time, and joined the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.
To support the Team, MDL provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. Land Rover BAR were also been given access to MDL’s network of leading marina locations and facilities across the south.
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
MDL has worked closely with Land Rover BAR to help set up their team base in Bermuda and has created customised pontoons, expertly designed to give swift access for the team and accommodate the crucial support boats.
Who Land Rover BAR are
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on 10th June 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben has developed and leads a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
Renamed Land Rover BAR in June 2015, it's a commercial sporting team with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.