Ainslie weighs up Olympic options


Part 2 of the Ainslie interview reveals his tip for America's Cup glory and his designs on Athens gold
While Ben Ainslie has set his mind on returning to Olympic sailing, he does admit to regrets at quitting the rarefied atmosphere of America's Cup campaigning. "It was very demanding - a steady grind really, whereas with Olympic sailing it's building up to certain events and peaking and then taking some time off afterwards. But I really enjoyed being in a routine for once, knowing what you were going to do each day, being in the same place and doing more or less similar things." He has huge affection for Auckland too, but one of the strangest things up the America's Cup set-up is that all the syndicates are stacked right next door to each other in a row down Halsey Street, and yet sailors from different challenges rarely mix. GBR Challenge's Adrian Stead, who sailed very successfully with Ainslie in the early part of 2001 on the Barlo Plastics IC45, said he had met his former team mate just once in the three months he had been there. And yet they have been working just two or three hundred yards apart from each other. That is typical for the sailors here, who tend to hit the gym at 0600 and rarely get out of the compound after a day's sailing and boat maintenance before 1800. There isn't much time for catching up with friends, and Ainslie admits that was strange. The America's Cup Protocol means sailors are not allowed to discuss anything about their sailing, and yet there isn't much else to talk about when it's all you've done all week. It doesn't give you much room for bar chat. "It's pretty awkward, all your friends are sailing friends. All you've talked about before is sailing, so suddenly you lose all your conversation. You're scared every minute that you’ll drop

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