In celebration of summer sailing and the 35th America’s Cup, we came together with Land Rover and Ben Ainslie Racing to offer one lucky person a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bermuda. With over 1,000 entries received the competition was fierce, and we’ve found out the inside scoop on how our winner got on experiencing the world’s most prestigious sailing tournament...
Our partnership with Land Rover BAR spans many years and we are immensely proud to be the teams Official UK Marina Partner - a partnership built on our shared values of pride, innovation, and experience. In recognition of this crucial partnership, we wanted to bring our members closer to the sailing action than ever before, so created a bespoke trip with Land Rover BAR to give one lucky member the ultimate inside look at one of the most respected sailing teams in the industry.
Sue Bushnell from Ocean Village Marina was crowned our lucky winner and, on receiving the news, she said: “When I took the call I couldn’t believe it – you enter competitions never really thinking you will win, so receiving the news that we were being whisked away to Bermuda with Land Rover BAR was the most wonderful surprise. We had just celebrated our daughter’s wedding, so were already on a high, and then this just blew us away.”
Sue and her husband were treated to a fully complementary five night trip to Bermuda, which included travel and accommodation at a luxury resort. As well as exploring the beautiful island, they were given a VIP pass to the sailing action, which included exclusive access to the race village and a tour of the team’s top secret training centre – an area few have been privileged to see.
On the trip to Bermuda, Sue commented: “When we arrived absolutely every detail had been thought of and the trip was perfectly organised. My husband and I are huge sailing fans so we were pinching ourselves to be so close to the racing. Not only did we experience the racing, but the tours we were given were just amazing – being so close to the inner workings allowed us to see the immense skill and dedication of not only the race team, but every member of Land Rover BAR involved in the Cup, from the technical design right through to the training.
“As well as the tours, we also had the opportunity to find out about the extent of the Land Rover BAR operation and its influence around the globe, learning how the aerodynamic racing boat designs and materials have been incorporated not just within the sector but in the manufacture of cars and other technologies.”
The couple attended a banquet at the Commissioners House which now houses the National Museum of Bermuda, offering the perfect chance to reflect on the trip. Sue added: “The hospitality throughout the trip was fantastic, even meeting the likes of Clare Balding.”
To finish the trip they enjoyed an amazing BBQ on the beach watching the sun set over the turquoise blue water, listening to live music.
“The entire trip was seamless from start to finish and we’d like to thank both Land Rover BAR and MDL Marinas for providing us with an unforgettable experience.”