The five-time Olympic medallist and America's Cup winner will be attending on 8 January

Relive the excitement of this year’s America’s Cup by getting up close to Sir Ben Ainslie and his 72ft catamaran at the 2014 London Boat Show.

The 60th edition of the event will welcome the four-time Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist and America’s Cup winner on Wednesday 8 January.

His J.P.Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran, which competed in the 2012-2013
America’s Cup World Series, will be on display for the full nine day show from 4 to 12 January.

Sir Ben, who has been shortlisted for Sports Personality of the Year for the second year running, will be taking part in a question and answer session on the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand G28O at 1130am on the Wednesday.
Murray Ellis, managing director of National Boat Shows said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Sir Ben Ainslie and his catamaran to the 2014 London Boat Show.

‘Everyone in the world couldn’t fail to be caught up in the thrill of the spectacular America’s Cup back in September and it will be a real privilege for people to meet and listen to Sir Ben about his accomplishments.

‘And what an opportunity to see his AC45; we pride ourselves on the show offering visitors the chance to see the latest and the best innovations in the sport of sailing.

‘We also want to inspire and encourage people to get out on the water more and follow their dreams and what better way than taking the lead from the world’s greatest Olympic sailor.’

Team J.P.Morgan BAR, which was launched in January 2012, competed in the 2012/13 season on the America’s Cup World Cup series and also smashed the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round Island record that had stood for 12 years, by 16 minutes and 8 seconds.

Prizes up for grabs

For a chance to win some J.P. Morgan BAR signed clothing, tweet a picture of yourself in front of the AC45 display using #raceforall in the tweet. The winning tweet will be picked at random and announced on Friday 17 January.

Click here to find out more about the London Boat Show 2014.