America's Cup: BBC to show Sir Ben Ainslie's bid for sailing glory

Sir Ben Ainslie
Sir Ben Ainslie won medals at five successive Olympics

The BBC has secured the rights to show highlights of the 35th America's Cup, as Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie attempts to win the prestigious race again.

Ainslie's team are aiming for a first British success, 164 years after the event's inauguration in 1851.

Four-time Olympic sailing champion Ainslie, 38, inspired a shock result in the 2013 finals, as Team Oracle USA overturned an 8-1 deficit to win 9-8.

The first races will be held in the Solent off Portsmouth in July.

The series of events that comprise the America's Cup takes two and a half years to complete, with races in this edition also scheduled for Gothenburg and Bermuda.

Highlights from the 2015-16 America's Cup World Series - including the Portsmouth events - as well as the 2017 America's Cup Challenger play-offs and America's Cup finals are included in the BBC agreement for free-to-air broadcast on the Red Button service.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "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."

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