An enthusiast of sailing, Peter Bergstein is a former athlete who sailed on Holland’s international team. Today, Peter Bergstein enjoys the sport as a spectator, following competitions such as America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.
With rumors of teams from Russia, Greece, China, and Canada joining America’s Cup 2017, it was announced in August of 2014 that crews from Britain, New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, and France will officially race against the reigning title holder United States. Dubbed team Oracle, the American team is skippered by Jimmy Spithill, an athlete that is no stranger to the competitive sailing scene. Spithill led the team to its 2013 championship after falling to 1-8 against the Emirates Team from New Zealand. Sealing their second consecutive victory, the team finished 9-8 over New Zealand.
Among crew members seeking to take the United States’ third win is Ben Ainslie. A four-time Olympic gold medalist, he joined team Oracle during the 2013 races, and his tactics played an integral role in the Oracle win. However, Ainslie will lead Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron during the 35th annual race with a mission to bring the trophy home to Great Britain.