Ben Ainslie diary


Having departed OneWorld the Laser Gold is now focussing on the Finn
They say 'there's no place like home', but with the weather we've had over the past few weeks it might have been better to stay in Auckland! Fortunately my life now seems to revolve around David Lloyd's gym and so the weather outside is of little consequence. It's always exciting starting a new project and I definitely feel this way about the Finn. While I used to have a go in the Finn now and again, I never truly appreciated the possibilities with tuning the rig. I'm sure that some of what I learned at OneWorld will help me in making the boat go fast, and to be professional about the sport. The Finn fleet in the UK is the strongest it's been in a long time. Andrew Simpson has taken the reins from Iain Percy at the top of the fleet with a second at last years Europeans, but youngsters like Chris Brittle and Charlie Cumbley are hot on his heels. Chris was fourth at last years Worlds, whilst Charlie was ninth. This quite impressive level of depth in the class is boosted by having David 'Sid' Howlett as coach. Sid obviously helped Iain on his way to Gold and has a vast amount of knowledge to learn from. At present I'm not quite sure where I fit into the fleet. I have only been out once due to a long term injury. The injury will keep me out of action for a while, but I should be fit for the first big event, the Olympic Classes Regatta in Palma at the end of March. I will have done one weeks training, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. I have a huge mountain to climb, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to rise

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