Sir Ben offers a positive steer
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