One World diary


Mark Chisnell gives his thoughts on Ben Ainslie's departure and the arrival of the Volvo
Christmas has come and gone since the last diary, along with the Boat Show and the British Nautical Awards. It was great to see madfor sailing win the media prize. James Boyd and the team have done a fabulous job since I left them all in the lurch last February, and the award is thoroughly well deserved. Meanwhile, back at the ranch-house, it didn't take long after the New Year for the action to restart - with Oracle dropping a rig during the first full week of January. Although they had the replacement in the boat by the following morning, it was back out again soon after, followed by several other masts along syndicate row. The sharp-eyed watchers of the Viaduct Basin will also have noted our return to the dock with a broken jumper strut after a Big Friday of racing out on the Gulf. But it's all part of the game - you don't know where the edge is if you haven't fallen over it a couple of times. And OneWorld hit the headlines earlier in that week with Ben Ainslie's departure back to the Olympic circuit - which you've doubtless read all about on these very pages. I'm sad to see Ben go. Though I'd never met him before joining this team he was great to sail with, and OneWorld will certainly miss him. It also means one less person to talk to about the football scores. Good luck with the Finn, Ben, though I'm sure you won't need it. If the America's Cup activity wasn't keeping the media busy enough, the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet has fixed that. It was great to see Neal McDonald and his Assa Abloy team win the leg into Auckland. Neal's one of Britain's most talented all-round sailors, hugely well-respected by

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