Yachtsman of the year

The Daily Sail caught up the all conquering Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie is once again riding the crest of the Olympic wave. It was towards the end of January last year following his departure from OneWorld that the Laser Gold medallist announced that he would be campaigning a Finn. Less than six months later Ainslie surprised everyone, not least himself, by winning the Finn Europeans in Turkey and followed this up later in the month by taking first place in the Finn Gold Cup. Just in case anyone thought he'd fluked it, he then went on to win in his class at the Athens pre-Olympic event in August. On Thursday Ainslie was rewarded for his achievement by being made the Yachting Journalist Association's Yachtsman of the Year - the third time he has won this award. "It's great," Ainslie told The Daily Sail. "It was a bit of a surprise because in the past they normally tell you when you win awards like that and with Ellen there doing so well and Iain and Steve doing so well in the Star and Steve Curtis with his fourth powerboat world title - it was a great line up, so it was a bit of shock and a very nice surprise." While being top of the tree in the Finn would seem to be good news, with the Olympics still almost two years away there is the worry that Ainslie may have peaked too soon and will have trouble keeping his campaign at boiling point. "There is that danger," Ainslie admits. "When I started out I was thinking it would be great to improve, peak and get to the top of the class for Athens, whereas it all happened so quickly. But no, I would much rather be where I am now rather than be 12 or 15th at the Worlds. I'm very