Ben Ainslie, the strongest Olympic sailor ever

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Gold won by a heartbeat in the last 100 meters of racing at the 2012 London Olympics consigned Sir Charles Benedict Ainslie (born Macclesfield, 1977) to history
. Fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal (three in the Finn, one in the Laser) to which is added the silver medal won in Atlanta in 1996 among the Lasers: he is the most titled dinghy sailor in the history of world sailing. Paul Elvstrom won “only” four golds.

ben ainslie portraitThe baronet demonstrated a mad eclecticism when he came aboard Oracle Team USA for the final round of the 34th America’s Cup, replacing John Kostecki as tactician. The Yankees were given up for dead but under Ainslie’s leadership they managed to overturn the result from 1-8 to 9-8.

Because: Five consecutive medals at the Olympics. No one has done better than him. Plus he was the key man in Oracle’s incredible “rematch” against New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup.

IS HE THE GREATEST IN YOUR OPINION? VOTE IT HERE!

DISCOVER ALL THE STORIES OF THE 30 SAILING LEGENDS HERE

Ben Ainslie
Peter Blake
Dee Caffari
Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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