Sir Ben of­fers a pos­i­tive steer

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SAIL­ING

SAILOR Sir Ben Ainslie re­cently took time out of pre­par­ing for the Amer­ica’s Cup to give dis­ad­van­taged teenagers a les­son in sail­ing.

The Mac­cles­field­born Olympic cham­pion took a group of young­sters out on the sea for a mini race in Portsmouth.

Ainslie has al­ways been a big ad­vo­cate of try­ing to get peo­ple in­ter­ested in sail­ing, and he was happy to con­trib­ute.

Speak­ing to the Portsmouth News, he said: “Part of the team be­ing here is about get­ting more young­sters out on the wa­ter.

“It’s an im­por­tant part of the aims we have and we want to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.”

Ainslie’s fo­cus now turns to the Amer­ica’s Cup World Se­ries, and he is count­ing down the days un­til it re­turns next sum­mer.

“We thought this year’s World Se­ries in Portsmouth was un­be­liev­able with the amount of sup­port we saw for the event and for the team,” he said.

“We will learn a lot from this year, so next year will be even bet­ter. We saw the new T2 test­ing boat out on the wa­ter a few weeks ago but now we’re al­ready get­ting into test­ing that through the win­ter.

That’s a big part of our de­vel­op­ment. Two years ago, this was just a vi­sion, but now we’ve had the sup­port of the coun­cil and the lo­cals.

“We have seen every­thing come to­gether at the base and we’re look­ing for­ward to next year. Some­times you just have to pinch your­self and say wow, this is hap­pen­ing.”

●● Sir Ben Ainslie

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