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Ben Ainslie : biography

05 February 1977 -

Sir Charles Benedict Ainslie, CBE (born 5 February 1977) is an English competitive sailor, who in 2012 became the first person to win medals in five different Olympic Games in sailing, the third person to win five Olympic medals in that sport, after Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt, and also the second to win four gold medals, after Paul Elvstrøm. He is, as of 2012, the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

Personal life

Ainslie lives in Lymington, and belongs to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. There he is coached by David Howlett, who raced a Finn dinghy at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

He drives an Aston Martin, plays golf, and supports Chelsea F.C..

Early life

Ainslie was born in Macclesfield, England, the son of Roderick 'Roddy' Ainslie, who captained a boat that took part in the first Whitbread Round The World Race in 1973, and his wife Sue. His elder sister, Fleur, is married to Jerome Pels, secretary general of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Ainslie was educated at the Truro School and Terra Nova School. Ainslie later attended Peter Symonds sixth form college in the city of Winchester.


Ainslie learned to sail at Restronguet Creek near Falmouth, Cornwall. He started sailing at the age of eight and first competed at the age of ten. Ainslie's first international competition was aged twelve at the 1989 Optimist world championships held in Japan where he placed 73rd. He also sailed in the 1991 and 1992 Worlds.


Ainslie won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the Laser class. He gained some and moved to the larger Finn class for the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won gold, a feat he repeated in the 2008 and 2012 competitions. Both his gold medal winning Laser and Finn dinghies are currently at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

World Championship

World Championships Titles

  • 1st 1993 Laser Radial World Championships
  • 1st 1995 IYRU Youth Sailing World Championships in Hamilton, Bermuda
  • 1st 1998 Laser World Championships
  • 1st 1999 Laser World Championships
  • 1st 2002 Finn World Championships
  • 1st 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships which effectively is the Finn World Championships
  • 1st 2004 Finn World Championships
  • 1st 2005 Finn World Championships
  • 1st 2008 Finn World Championships
  • 1st 2010 ISAF Open Match Racing World Championship
  • 1st 2012 Finn World Championships

Other World Championships Results

73rd 1989 Optimist World Championships held in Japan 109th 1991 Optimist World Championships held in Greece 37th 1992 Optimist World Championships held in Argentina 2nd 1994 IYRU Youth Sailing World Championships in Marathon 43rd 1994 Laser World Championship 21st 1995 Laser World Championship 3rd 1996 Laser World Championship 3rd 1997 Laser World Championship 3rd 2000 Laser World Championship 3rd 2009 Etchells World Championships 11th 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships which effectively is the Finn World Championship

At the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships he was in a winning position going into the closing stages of the regatta but was disqualified under rule 69 (gross misconduct) for physically threatening a photographer. Ainslie felt the photographer's boat's wake had prevented him from passing a competitor.

Other significant results

4th 2010 – Team Origin – TP52 Audi Medcup 1st 1993 Laser Radial European Championship, Greece

America's Cup

  • 1st Team – One World Challenge – Seattle Yacht Club
  • 2nd Team – Team New Zealand – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

At the beginning of 2005 he worked in the role of Tactician in the New Zealand-based Team New Zealand who were preparing to compete in the challenger selection process to win the right to Challenge for the 32nd America's Cup.

In May 2005 Ainslie took the decision to relinquish the role of tactician and focus on improving his Match Racing skills as helmsman of the 'B' boat used to practise and tune the race boat helmed by Dean Barker.

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