The team has been training in Mallorca since the end of last summer to compete in the America’s Cup Barcelona 2024.
The new base was announced by Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper and general manager of the British team, at a meeting on Friday with Iago Negueruela, the Balearic Minister for the Economic Model, Tourism and Employment.
“The possibility of establishing a sailing headquarters in Palma presents a great opportunity, and we hope to continue to provide a platform that can increase occupancy across the island,” said Ainslie. “Palma has been a great sailing training base for INEOS Britannia since we arrived on the island last summer. We have built strong relationships and feel supported by the whole local community,” added the director general of the British project.
At the meeting, which was also attended by the Director General of Tourism, Isabel Vidal, and the President of the Port Authority (APB), Jaume Colom, a protocol of intentions was established with the aim of making Mallorca “the permanent home of INEOS Britannia to prepare for the America’s Cup sailing competition”.
The members of the British team praised “the magnificent port infrastructure, its fluid connections with the main cities in Europe and the conditions offered by the bay throughout the year”. They also expressed their willingness to “open avenues of collaboration in training for staff linked to the marine industry, which would continue to strengthen ties with the UK, to bet on training in nautical matters and the relationship with technology companies in Mallorca.”
Iago Negueruela highlighted the interest shown by the British team in extending their stay in Palma, which will serve “to continue a commitment to nautical training and to be a complement to recreational boating”.