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18 months to go until London 2012: Ben Ainslie on getting to grips with the Finn again
Following the demise of TeamOrigin, Ben Ainslie is now 100% focussed on his Finn campaign for 2012, a place he knows only too well, this being his fifth Olympic campaign. With the tenuous excuse of today marking 18 months to go until sailing gets underway at London 2012, we felt it was appropriate timing to catch up the man who next year has the potential to make himself the greatest ever Olympic sailor... The end of 2010 was good for Ainslie. As the swansong for TeamOrigin, he and his match racing team won not only the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour, but in doing so claimed the Tour itself and Match Racing World Championship title. Over December Ainslie was in Australia with his Finn and competed at Sail Melbourne, where the Brits roundly dominated the class. There Ainslie showed he has lost none of his dinghy sailing skill, winning the regatta ahead of 2010 Finn Gold Cup victor Ed Wright and the talented, tall nipper, Giles Scott. Ainslie this week is competing at Rolex Miami OCR, where not all is going his way. On Biscayne Bay Giles Scott is proving the force to be reckoned with. “We’ve had a couple of days of good racing in 12-18 knots, long courses and steady breeze, so it has been pretty hard work physically, but it has been really good,” said Ainslie when we spoke to him yesterday. “Giles is sailing really well - he’s certainly really quick in these conditions with flattish water and medium to strong breeze and he’s got good pace on the rest of the fleet. It’s good for him, but for the rest of us it is hard work trying to close the gap.” According to Ainslie, Scott’s straight bullets at Rolex Miami OCR

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