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Ainslie: British team decision likely in 'a matter of weeks'

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie told ITV News a decision will be made in "a matter of weeks" on whether there will be a British entry into the America's cup.

Ainslie was the strategist for Oracle Team USA as they recovered from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8 and win this year's event in San Francisco Bay.

He has spoken in the aftermath of his wish to repeat the victory with a British team.

Read: Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's father: He would 'have loved to have been involved' in British America's Cup team

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Kim Dotcom offers to sponsor Team NZ in America's Cup

Millionaire internet mogul Kim Dotcom has said he will sponsor New Zealand's next entry into the America's Cup yacht race.

It follows uncertainty over whether the New Zealand government will continue to sponsor the nation's entry into the race, which was won by US sailing team Oracle.

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Prime Minister John Key says no more funding for Team NZ? I say #Mega will become a Team NZ sponsor & we will win next time. #AmericasCup

Kim Dotcom told New Zealand's One News he would be able to make a "significant contribution", although he has not yet talked to Team New Zealand.

Read more: Ainslie's US team celebrate America's Cup triumph

PM congratulates Ainslie on winning 'global race'

David Cameron has used Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup heroics as an excuse to shoehorn in one of his favourite soundbites, tweeting about the sailor's triumph in "the global race":

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Talk about winning the #GlobalRace - Sir Ben Ainslie is responsible for one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks in the America's Cup.

Read: Cameron on schools 'global race'

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Ainslie's US team celebrate America's Cup triumph

The US sailing team Oracle are celebrating a famous win in the America's Cup, after they came back from 8-1 down to win 9-8 against New Zealand team Emirates.

The US team, featuring British salior Ben Ainslie, won their second successive America's Cup. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Oracle won the decider off the coast of San Francisco. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The US win will go down as one of the great sporting comebacks. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Ainslie aims to take British sailing team to America's Cup

America's Cup hero Ben Ainslie said it was "about time" Britain made a mark in the competition after helping US team Oracle to a famous victory against New Zealand.

"I'd love to build a British team for the future. We have the talent, it's just about bringing it together and putting a team out that can be successful," the four-time Olympic champion told ITV News.

Pictures: Sir Ben Ainslie leads Oracle to historic victory

Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle team was lagging behind as it approached the finish line.
Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle team was lagging behind as it approached the finish line. Credit: Reuters
The team hard at work as they overtake their Kiwi rivals.
The team hard at work as they overtake their Kiwi rivals. Credit: Reuters
The Oracle overtook the New Zealand team in a dramatic finale.
The Oracle overtook the New Zealand team in a dramatic finale. Credit: Reuters
Sir Ben Ainslie led the Oracle to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8.
Sir Ben Ainslie led the Oracle to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. Credit: Reuters
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