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Ben Ainslie (GBR)

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Name Ben Ainslie
Nation Great Britain
Date of Birth 2 February 1977
Place of Birth Macclesfield, UK

In December 2010, Ben Ainslie won the ISAF Match Racing World Championship after winning three regattas of the nine-stage 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Ainslie's Team Origin won the final two stages, the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda and the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia to clinch the world title. Ainslie's consistent results also kept him at the top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings throughout the period.

With one world title in the bag, Ainslie returned to the Finn class and joined the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit in Melbourne. The gold medal at Sail Melbourne was followed by silver at the US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR where he missed out on the top spot to his teammate Giles Scott. Ainslie went on to pick up a hat-trick of gold medals at the next three regattas in Palma, Hyères and Weymouth to secure his first ISAF Sailing World Cup title with a near flawless score card.

The final flourish for Ainslie was the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta in August where he confirmed his authority in the Finn class winning six of the eleven races to win gold with a 31 point margin.

Achievements between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011
World Match Racing Tour 2010
4 - St Moritz Match Race, St Moritz, SUI - ISAF Grade W - Sep 2010
7 - Danish Open, Bornholm, DEN - ISAF Grade W - Sep 2010
1- Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamllton, BER - ISAF Grade W - Oct 2010
1 - Monsoon Cup, Kuala Terengganu, MAS - ISAF Grade W - Dec 2010
ISAF Match Racing World Champion 2010
ISAF Grade 2 Match Racing
3 - Omega Auckland Match Race Regatta Waitemata, NZL - ISAF Grade 3 - Mar 2010
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Finn
1 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2010
2 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - Jan 20101
1 - Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - Apr 2011
1 - Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères, FRA - ISAF Grade 1 - Apr 2011
1 - Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - Jun 2011
1st overall 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Weymouth, GBR - Aug 2011


What inspired you to take up sailing?

My parents.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

A small cruising boat with my parents and my sister, I was aged three.

Name your first sailing club

Restronguet Sailing Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

UK Optimist National Championships, 1988

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

Sydney 2000 Olympicas and Beijing 2008 Olympics

What are your future sailing goals?

To win a fifth Olympic medal and the America's Cup.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My parents, Roddy and Susan, who have given me endless time and support over the years.

Who is your sailing hero?

Russell Coutts and Paul Elvstrom

What other sports do you enjoy?

Football, cricket and golf

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

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