GAC Pindar has safely delivered the INEOS Britannia’s race boat after a 1,000-mile journey from the UK to Barcelona in Spain to prepare for the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup later this year.

The British Challenger’s AC75 was transported by road from Turweston Airfield in Northamptonshire to Portsmouth, where it began its sea crossing to Bilbao on a ferry. The 75ft race boat, known as RB3, then took to the road again to reach INEOS Britannia’s Barcelona base four days later.

GAC Pindar delivers INEOS Britannia's AC75 from the UK to Barcelona for the America's Cup

INEOS Britannia Team Principal and Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie says: “It was a tense few days tracking the route of RB3 from a small Northamptonshire village to the busy city of Barcelona. The entire INEOS Britannia team and our partners have worked tirelessly to get us to this point, and so it’s great to have RB3 arrive at its new home. It’s a relief to have the race boat in Barcelona, but the work doesn’t stop. Our focus will now be on launching the boat and getting some good sailing hours in ahead of the preliminary regatta in August.”

It took two-and-a-half years of design, build and fit-out in the UK to get the RB3 ready for the journey. The initial build took place at Carrington Boats in Hythe, Hampshire, where the team’s boat for the 36th America’s Cup was also built. The hull and deck were built separately at Carrington Boats before being joined together. Structural work then took place before an army of painters descended to brand the boat. RB3 then travelled to Turweston Airfield in Northamptonshire, where it underwent structural and load testing before it began its journey to Barcelona.

Image: INEOS Britannia's race boat arrives in Barcelona ahead of 37th America's CupBeth King, GAC Pindar’s Operations Manager, adds: “Moving a 75ft race boat requires a huge amount of planning, which started a long time ago, and the way everyone involved has pulled together throughout this operation has been extremely satisfying to see. All of us at GAC Pindar are very proud to be a part of INEOS Britannia’s America’s Cup challenge.”

As INEOS Britannia’s official logistics partner, GAC Pindar also played a pivotal role in relocating their base from the UK to Palma, Mallorca, in Spring 2022 before moving it again to Barcelona last year.

The Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup will take place between August and October 2024 in Barcelona. A preliminary regatta takes place on 22-25 August before the five challenging teams battle it out in round robin races to take on defenders Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final. It promises to be one of the most intense America’s Cups in the event’s 174-year history.

Image: INEOS Britannia's race boat arrives in Barcelona ahead of 37th America's Cup