Season finishes for the Rebels class of 2018

The culmination of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series signalled the end of the INEOS Rebels season

The culmination of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Los Cabos, Mexico also signalled the end of the INEOS Rebels season, finishing the event and season in fifth place overall.

The breathtaking Mexican setting proved great for sunbathing but not so much for sailing with fickle light winds throughout the regatta resulting in only twelve championship races taking place. After an up and down regatta, the Rebels were able to take pride from a podium finish in the last double-points race of the Act.



INEOS Rebels coach Andrew Walsh looked back at the 2018 season; “First and foremost a huge congratulations to Alinghi on their Championship win, they put together a great series.

“We showed we could win a lot of races against the very best sailors in the world and with two podium finishes (Lake Garda & Cascais), it’s been a big step up in performance from previous years. However, with limited experience there will always be more to learn but overall, we are super happy and proud with how these young sailors have come along.”


Sailor, Oli Greber overviewed what he has gained from being a Rebel “It’s a huge opportunity to be involved in the programme, it has enabled me to develop into a professional sailor. It’s not just racing, we have also been mentored off the water by the very best sailors in the world, had support with our strength and conditioning alongside learning about boat work and personal management. To culminate in sailing with Ben, Giles and Joey in Mexico has been awesome. In just one week I have gained so much, it was a real honour”


INEOS TEAM UK, Team Principal and Skipper Ben Ainslie looked forward to the development of the programme “We are proud of the programme. Over the last few years it has had stand out successes - most notably winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and podium results in the Extreme Sailing Series. Having sailed with some of the team at the start of their journey, it is great to see how much they have matured, improved their skill set immeasurably and gained an understanding in how to compete at the top level.

INEOS Rebels Los Cabos line up:
Helm: Ben Ainslie
Tactician: Giles Scott
Jib Trimmer: Joey Newton
Main Trimmer: Mark Spearman
Bowman: Oli Greber
Reserve Sailor & Skipper: Will Alloway
Reserve Sailor: Adam Kay
Coach: Andrew Walsh
Boat Captain: Matty Adams
Project Manager: Rob Andrews
Performance drone: Harry Kenny Herbert

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st, Alinghi (SUI) 92 points
2nd, Oman Air (OMA) 83 pts
3rd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 83 pts
4th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 72 pts
5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 70 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) 56 pts

Extreme Sailing Series 2018
Muscat, 14 - 17 March – 4th
GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda 24 May – 27 May
Barcelona 14 – 17 June
Cascais, Portugal 5-8 July
Cardiff, 24 - 27 August
San Diego, 18 - 21 October
Los Cabos, 29 November – 2 December