Land Rover BAR has reinforced its sailing team with the addition of Leigh McMillan as a helmsman. McMillan has been one of the world’s top multihull sailors for the last decade. He’s the only skipper to have won two Extreme Sailing Series and has already won this season’s Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour in foiling multihulls.
McMillan began skippering The Wave, Muscat in 2011 and quickly became the first skipper to win two titles. He is currently leading this year’s series, having won five of the seven events held so far in 2015. McMillan and his team look well on the way to completing their goal of being the first to win a treble of ESS titles.
McMillan’s dominance in this environment made him the perfect sparring partner for Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Land Rover BAR Team Principal.
Jono Macbeth, Sailing Team Manager commented, “Leigh’s ability to win consistently in multihulls made him the obvious choice to join the team.”
He learned his trade in the Olympic Tornado class, with two appearances for Team GB at the Games in 2004 and 2008. The multihull event was dropped from the Olympics, which forced McMillan to look in new directions. The answer was the Extreme 40, first developed in 2004 and 2005 as a short course racing multihull. Leigh McMillan joined the debutant circuit in 2005 and 2006, when it was part of the Volvo Ocean Race, before returning to the Olympics. Once the 2008 Games were over, McMillan rejoined the circuit, racing for various teams before joining Oman Sail mid-season in 2011. He’s been there ever since, subsequently winning those two championship titles.
Leigh McMillan will be commentating on the forthcoming Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda event live from the BT Sport Studio, Stratford 17- 18 October 1730-1945.