2015 Nacra 17 European Championships
04 Oct 15
Nicola Groves hailed a 'fantastic' victory with Ben Saxton at the Nacra 17 European Championships, which concluded in Barcelona on Saturday 3 October.
|Date of Birth||5 February 1977|
|Place of Birth||Macclesfield, UK|
|Website||http://www.benainslie.com||@AinslieBen||Click here for a Photo Gallery|
Ben Ainslie eclipsed Paul Elvstrøm's (DEN) Olympic achievements at London 2012 by winning his fifth Olympic medal and fourth consecutive gold to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.
His build up to London 2012 could not have gone better as he returned to his boyhood waters in Falmouth, Cornwall in May for the Finn Gold Cup. Ainslie sent out a message to the fleet by taking seven race wins to storm to his sixth world title in the Finn class, and tenth world title overall.
Just hours later Ainslie rushed to Land's End to begin the Olympic Torch's 8,000 mile journey across Great Britain as the final countdown to London 2012 began.
The script had been written for Ainslie to ease his way to a fourth gold on his home waters but it was fitting that a Danish sailor, Jonas Høgh-Christensen, stood in the way of Ainslie to protect his countryman's record. Throughout 10 mesmerising races a game of cat and mouse developed ensuring that the Medal Race was one of the most anticipated of not only the competition, but Olympic history.
Ainslie held off Høgh-Christensen finishing ninth to the Danes tenth to win gold in front of a partisan home crowd and secure his place in the history books.
Gold medal - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
2012 Finn World Champion - Finn Gold Cup, Falmouth, GBR - May 2012
2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Weymouth & Portland, GBR - June 2012
1 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
11 - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship Perth, AUS - December 2011
9 Overall - 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup