Sir Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor in history, is heading the British challenge to win the oldest trophy in international sport as part of Team Origin.
Beginning with the opening races of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth on July 25th and 26th this summer, BT Sport will offer live coverage of all America’s Cup racing to viewers in the UK and Ireland through to the finals in 2017.
The BBC will air free-to-air highlights of the races from 2015 to 2017 via its Red Button service.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport said:
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring the story of Sir Ben Ainslie’s quest for the America’s Cup to millions of fans in the UK and Ireland.
“The essence of the America’s Cup is the racing on the water and with exclusively live coverage of all the live stages across all of the BT Sport platforms, viewers will share in the full story from the first races in Portsmouth this summer through to the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda in June 2017.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said:
“The BBC is delighted to be able to offer viewers highlights programming for the next two and a half years of America’s Cup racing. We’ve followed Sir Ben Ainslie throughout his brilliant Olympic career and covered his remarkable contribution to the dramatic America’s Cup climax two years ago, so we’re delighted to bring the latest chapter in his career to a wide audience of existing fans and newcomers."