America’s Cup sailor gets compliment from Duchess of Cambridge

David Carr and the rest of the Ben Ainslie team meet the duchess
David Carr and the rest of the Ben Ainslie team meet the duchess

Emsworth sailor David Carr has joined Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup Challenge.

Sir Ben Ainslie launched his bid to win the America’s Cup, the 163-year old trophy never won by Great Britain, when he met the Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Museums in Greenwich.

Emsworth sailor Carr is one of four British sailors selected to compete in the six-strong Ben Ainslie Racing team.

And Carr was left overwhelmed when the Duchess of Cambridge complimented him ... on his glasses.

“She said my glasses were a good look – I can die a happy man” he said.

Four-time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Ben is leading the British challenge with Yacht Squadron Racing.

He said: “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge.

“The time is right and I am hugely encouraged by the support we are getting, not least from the Duchess of Cambridge.”

During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups – in 2003 with GBR Challenge, alongside Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team-mate Matt Cornwall; in 2007 with Victory Challenge, and most recently as a grinder on-board 34th America’s Cup Italian entry Prada Luna Rossa Challenge with BAR team mate, Nick Hutton.

Carr has racked up an impressive eight podium finishes from 12 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events, including three event wins in the 2012-13 ACWS circuit, and finished runner-up in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) – the 30th anniversary of the event.

He was inspired into the sport by his sailing father, the former RYA director Rod Carr.

“It is a huge honour to be part of Ben Ainslie Racing and challenging for the America’s Cup with a British team. To win this for Great Britain would be fantastic,” Carr said.

“It’s a really exciting time for sailing in the UK and we hope everyone will get behind the challenge.”