June 10, 2014 - The Millbank Tower, London
CBE, Britain’s Most Successful Olympic Sailor
Ben's sailing began at an early age when given a small Optimist sailing dinghy as a gift from his parents. Ben successfully progressed through this very popular youth class and at the age of sixteen moved into the Laser Class, which is the class used for the men's single handed division of the Olympics.
Ben went on to qualify for Great Britain and eventually take the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics after a very close battle for Gold. He then won Gold in Atlanta. He gained 15K in weight to move up to the Finn Class for the 2004 Olympics, winning a Gold Medal in Sydney, Beijing and now a Gold Medal at London 2012. Ben was the first torch carrier for the London 2013 Olympic Torch Relay and was then chosen to be Great Britain’s Flag Bearer at the Olympics closing ceremony. Following his Olympic retirement, Ben launched Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) his very own racing team which competed in the 2012/2013 America’ Cup World Series who finished in fourth place. Following this Ben joined Oracle Team USA for the 34th America’s Cup final where he was called up to be a tactician on the boat, the team produced one of the biggest sporting comebacks in history coming from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand.
In the New Year’s Honours List 2012 Ben was awarded a Knighthood. He is now looking to put a British entry together for the 35th Edition of the America’s Cup.