MDL Marinas signed a six-year deal to become Ben Ainslie Racing’s (BAR) Official UK Marina Partner.

signed a six-year deal to become Ben Ainslie Racing’s (BAR) Official UK Marina Partner.

To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. Ben Ainslie Racing has also been given access to MDL’s network of leading marina locations and facilities across the south.

Up to 500,000 visitors are expected when the America’s Cup World Series comes to Portsmouth, in the UK.

The four-day sporting and entertainment event, running from 23-26 July this year, provides awe-inspiring opportunities to watch the world’s best sailors battle it out on high speed AC45 foiling catamarans.

This event also marks a historical moment, as it will see a British America’s Cup team race in an official America’s Cup event in UK waters for the first time since 1851.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Marina Partner for BAR and to be part of the winning formula to help bring the Cup home. We are planning a number of events and opportunities in and around our marinas and will be getting our customers and teams fully involved in the excitement of it all. We will certainly be backing the Ben Ainslie Racing team all the way,” says Dean Smith, operations and marketing director at MDL Marinas.

On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie comments: “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.”