An Evening with Sir Ben Ainslie

Tuesday 12 November 2019,  7pm for 7.30pm start, approx. 9pm finish

Tickets available here

How incredibly lucky we are that multiple Olympic medal winning, America’s Cup winning, and all-round superhero, Sir Ben Ainslie, will be coming to KES in November to talk to us about INEOS TEAM UK and their challenge for the America’s Cup, to be held in New Zealand in 2021. We shall host the evening in the Dobson Theatre and tickets are bound to sell out, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To add to the excitement, we can also announce that Jeff Stelling, Sky Sports journalist and television presenter, currently presenting Gillette Soccer Saturday, will be interviewing him.

We are delighted that INEOS has asked Sir Ben Ainslie to come and give us a unique insight into the current campaign, and his ambition to win the America’s Cup for Great Britain for the first time in 150 years. INEOS has long had strong connections with the School, through various INEOS parents with children at the School. INEOS is sponsoring the British entry in the America’s Cup campaign, with a team headed up by Sir Ben Ainslie.

This marks the launch of the School’s relationship with the America’s Cup Squad, INEOS TEAM UK. We are fortunate to be establishing links across several areas of the curriculum including Design Technology, Sports Science, English, Sailing, Greenpower, Careers, and our local partnership schools’ programme. We will keep you updated on these links as they develop, through our new Journalism Team, working with the Communications Department at INEOS TEAM UK.

All monies raised will go to charities selected by Sir Ben Ainslie and Jeff Stelling, the 1851 Trust, and Prostate Cancer UK. A retiring collection will take place.

Sir Ben Ainslie – Team Principal & Skipper of INEOS TEAM UK

Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time; he has competed and medalled at five Olympic games. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games. Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA as Tactician on-board for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Ben was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning cup team.

Ben is now the Team Principal and Skipper of Britain’s America’s Cup team. The team won the 2015/16 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series and in 2017 he led his first British challenge to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. Ben will now lead INEOS TEAM UK in the team’s attempt to win the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland in 2021.

INEOS TEAM UK – British Challenger for 36th America’s Cup

INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has formed INEOS TEAM UK to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021. INEOS has partnered with Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, to skipper INEOS TEAM UK. The team will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron’s affiliated club, Royal Yacht Squadron Racing, to take on the greatest challenge in sport. INEOS TEAM UK will use its world class technologies and manufacturing know-how to develop an internationally competitive race boat, giving the best possible chance to bring the oldest international sporting trophy and sailing’s premier contest back to Britain for the first time.

Jeff Stelling – Sports Journalist and Television Presenter

Jeff Stelling is a sports journalist and sport television presenter. He currently presents Gillette Soccer Saturday for Sky Sports and hosted their coverage of the Champions League between 2011 and 2015. He also presented the Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and ITV game show Alphabetical. This month he marched four marathons in four days in four nations, in his quest to raise £1m to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. We are incredibly grateful to him for giving us his time and skill to host the evening.