Ben Ainslie - a madforsailing profile

The Laser Olympic Gold Medallist at Sydney 2000
Where were you born? Macclesfield. What’s your date of birth? 5th February 1977. What age did you start sailing? Age three. What was your first regatta win? First win was Optimist Junior National Championships in 1988. What’s your biggest championship win? Biggest win is the 2000 Olympic gold medal in the Laser. Any other notable regatta wins you’d like to mention? Laser silver medal 1996 Olympics. ISAF single-handed World Champion 1998. Laser Radial World Champion 1993. Laser World Champion 1999. Laser European Champion 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000. ISAF World Sailor of the Year 1998. Yachtsman of the Year 1999. Optimist National Champion 1992. World Youth Champion 1995. Where did you grow up? I grew up on Restronguet Creek, Cornwall. What job do you do? Sailing is my full-time occupation. What other sports do you do outside sailing? I enjoy playing football, cricket and golf (when I can hit the ball). Any other hobbies or interests? I would love to learn to fly, but have never found the time. Favourite method of relaxing? To relax I enjoy watching a good movie or going out and having a good evening with my friends. Favourite bar or pub? My favourite pub is my local, the Chequers in Lymington. What inspired you to take up sailing? I just started sailing with my parents for fun. Where was your first sailing club? Restronguet Sailing Club. Which class did you first race in? I started sailing Optimists. How did you buy your first boat? My first boat was a Christmas present from my parents. Have you ever used a coach and who where they? Phil Slater coached me in Optimists. Jim Saltonstall coached me when I was in the Youth Squad and John Derbyshire has coached me through my last two Olympic campaigns. What professional links do you have to the sport? In the future I hope to be involved with the America's Cup, which is a very professional side to sailing. What’s your most memorable moment in sailing? Right now my most memorable moment is the last race of