Ben Ainslie has recently published his autobiography, ‘Close to the Wind’ and as a director of the Academy will be welcoming local residents to join him at the WPNSA for a book signing.
Ben Ainslie, CBE, was born on February 5th, 1977 in Macclesfield. The son of Roderick Ainslie, who captained the first Whitbread Round The World race in 1973, he started sailing in Cornwall at the age of eight and first competed when ten years old.
What started as a hobby quickly turned into a way of life, and by the age of sixteen Ben was already Laser Radial World Champion. Subsequently Ben has gone on to become Britain’s greatest Olympic Sailor having won three Olympic gold medals and a silver. In addition to this Ben is heavily involved in the America’s Cup as skipper to TEAMORIGIN.
Ben Ainslie, CBE, Director of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy comments, ‘The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is a world class venue for both training and hosting events. With numerous international regattas, attracting the best sailors in the sport, it is a fantastic venue. WPNSA has access to some of best waters on the planet, not only does it cater for elite sailors but also an active sustainable legacy programme that will help to inspire young people to take up water sports in the lead up to London 2012 and beyond. It is an honour to be a Director of this outstanding facility and I look forward to welcoming visitors to the venue for the book signing’