Third consecutive gold medal


We speak to Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time - the one and only Ben Ainslie
Ben Ainslie – wow… Following his silver in the Laser behind Robert Scheidt in Atlanta, the 31 year old from Lymington has since brought home Gold medals from the Games in Sydney, Athens and now China, in the Laser and on the last two occasions in the Finn. Having drawn level with Rodney Pattisson after Athens, he has now overtaken the Flying Dutchman ace to become Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time, although he is still one Gold medal short of Paul Elvstrom, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, who earned three Golds in the class over the 1950s. Dragging him away from the Princess Royal, Ainslie took time out to talk to thedailysail about his latest achievement. Thedailysail: Was this medal easier or harder than previous ones? BA: It was pretty hard. The conditions for the first five or six days were very challenging and it just adds to the stress and the pressure, the heat and the light fickle winds. The first race was a classic example of it; where I had a good little lead going and the wind turned inside out on the last run and I dropped back to 10th. It is so easy to lose places here so that you are never really certain of a race until you cross the finish line. TDS: How did you find the conditions? Were there any rules of thumb was it all seat of the pants? BA: It was a little bit seat of the pants and I think it was a case of trying to be consistent and if you didn’t know, just try and get a good start and stick with the fleet, rather than placing your bets on a corner and it being all or nothing. And that worked well for

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