Highlights from leg 7 of the 2015-2016 America’s Cup World Series, in which four-time Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie continues his attempt to guide a British team to one of the most prestigious trophies in sport. Ainslie masterminded a spectacular comeback for the Oracle Team USA in the 2013 America’s Cup. He subsequently set up Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth, where his team will be vying for a repeat of 2015’s victory at the start of this preliminary series. The British team went into this seventh of nine legs in second place overall, with the top two finishers due to go head to head next year for the right to face the reigning champions in Bermuda.
Highlights from the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series, in which four-time Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie began his attempt to guide a British team to one of the most prestigious trophies in sport. Ainslie masterminded a spectacular comeback for the American-backed Team Oracle in the 2013 America's Cup. He has since set up Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth, which hosted this first preliminary event in the battle to face the reigning champions in Bermuda in 2017. Ben Ainslie Racing was one of five teams in action, with others coming from Sweden, France, Japan and New Zealand, watched by an estimated half a million spectators. Introduced by Shirley Robertson, commentary Tucker Thompson and Ken Read.
Italian multi-instrumentalist Marco De Angelis grew up listening to classic prog bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes, as well as related groups, such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. His music shows evidence of his roots, but listens might notice most a resemblance to Floyd, and also Alan Parsons. He is proficient on guitar, bass and keyboards, and is one of Italy's few Chapman Stick masters. Although he has been performing for over thirty years, as well as producing and engineering, he didn't release his first album under his own name until 2013.
“Amkeni”, a collaboration between Snarky Puppy and Burundian refugee Bukuru Celestin, has been released on GroundUp Records (groundup.ropeadope.com/). The album (the title of which means “wake up” in Swahili) combines Central African folkloric and gospel musics with Snarky Puppy’s inventive jazz/funk twists to create a joyous, infectious sound. (Read Happiness in the Groove review of here).