The first event that will see 'TEAMORIGIN racing with Jaguar' is during Cowes Week this August, when they will face BMW ORACLE Racing (the current holder of the America's Cup) in the 1851 Cup event.
This new partnership is part of Jaguar's commitment to the best of British sport under the umbrella of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, which aims to recognise, celebrate and inspire the very best of British sporting talent and success. The partnership is further strengthened by the shared commitment of both organisations to strive for improved environmental performance. This is highlighted through TEAMORIGIN's 'Race for Change' strategy, and Jaguar's advanced Lightweight Aluminium technology, which resulted in the recent win for the new XJ of a Green Award from What Car? magazine.
Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal, TEAMORIGIN, commented, "We are
absolutely delighted to welcome Jaguar as our partner. There is a
superb fit and alignment of purpose between TEAMORIGIN and
Jaguar. Jaguar is clearly one of the most revered and iconic
British brands and, just as Jaguar is now taking on and beating the
best in the automotive world, so our mission is to take on and beat
the best in the world on the water. The fit is further
enhanced through our shared commitment to improve our environmental
Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK commented, "To partner with TEAMORIGIN is a fantastic opportunity for Jaguar. We are looking forward to the first appearance this summer at the 1851 Cup event, an exciting competition, which will see Britain's best sailing talent compete against the current holders of The America's Cup. It's a mouth-watering prospect and one we are proud to support. This is a serious British endeavour, which fits perfectly with the recently launched Jaguar Academy of Sport, which is all about investing in the future of British Sporting talent."
TEAMORIGIN's newly branded livery will appear during Cowes Week (racing takes place between Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th August) and will feature striking Jaguar branding on both the hull and sails. The spinnaker will feature a Jaguar leaper in Union Jack Motif, the symbol of the Jaguar Academy of Sport.
Denise Lewis, Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, commented: "As a Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport I was excited to learn about another exciting venture by Jaguar, which is continuing its efforts to support the best of British sport. Jaguar is building on the Jaguar Academy of Sport and really showing its commitment to the success of British sporting athletes. I am looking forward to following the racing during Cowes week, Ben Ainslie and I were together at the Sydney Olympic games, where we both won gold, and I want to wish him and the team all the best for the race and look forward to hearing the result of the 1851 Cup event."
Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Helmsman of TEAMORIGIN, commented: "TEAMORIGIN's goal is to win the America's Cup for Great Britain, to achieve this we need to engage the support of like minded partners. In Jaguar, we can see great synergies where they share our passion for sport and competition at the highest level."
For further information contact:
Nick O'Donnell, Jaguar UK PR Manager
+44 (0)7825 115 951
Faye Goldstraw, Jaguar UK Press Officer
+44 (0)7860 872 224
Jaguar and TEAMORIGIN share a passion for pioneering technologies and enhanced environmental performance. Jaguar's XJ 3.0 Diesel V6 Luxury model has just been awarded the 2010 What Car? Green award in the luxury category, demonstrating the company's commitment to developing new technologies and improved performance. This is also evident with TEAMORIGIN's partnership with the Carbon Trust as their Environmental Partner. Jaguar's endeavours to achieve CO2 reductions are also demonstrated with its pioneering aluminium architecture, one of the most significant contributors to the new XJ's green credentials - using around 50 percent recycled material in the body, with future plans to increase that figure to 75 percent, which alone creates a saving of three tonnes of CO2 per vehicle compared to a body shell made from new aluminium.
The Jaguar Academy of Sport
The Jaguar Academy of Sport, launched in March 2010, aims to recognise, celebrate and inspire the very best of British sporting talent and success. It will fulfil this aim through a Bursary Fund which will support new British sporting talent, a prestigious annual Awards Ceremony, and a unique club of the best of British sport which will be used to inspire the next generation. For more information visit www.jaguaracademyofsport.co.uk
• TEAMORIGIN is the British America's Cup sailing team set up in January 2007 by Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of TEAMORIGIN.
• The team's mission is to win the America's Cup and inspire positive action around climate change
• Headed up by Sir Keith, other key team members include Grant Simmer, CEO and three times winner of the America's Cup; Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Helmsman, three times Olympic gold medalist and one time silver medalist; Iain Percy, Tactician and double Olympic gold medalist;
• Race for Change is an inspiring strategic collaboration between sport and the environment launched in association with the Carbon Trust, the UK's leading authority on carbon reduction, and environmental partner to the team
• TEAMORIGIN plans to use the Race for Change platform and programme to raise awareness and inspire their audiences around the urgent need for action on environmental matters
• The Royal Thames Yacht Club is the official challenging yacht club to the team for the next America's Cup, this is the fourth time that the Club will challenge in the 140 year history of the contest
• During 2010 the team is competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas, the AudiMed Cup TP52 series and the World Match Racing circuit