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Ben Ainslie, CBE, was born on Febraury 5, 1977 in Macclesfield. The son of Roderick Ainslie, who captained the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973, he started sailing at age four and first competed at the age of ten. He has won three Olympic gold medals and was awarded the title of British Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2002. He was elected ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2008.

Ben Ainslie: Close to the Wind Ben Ainslie

The world's greatest racing sailor - three-times Olympic champion Ben Ainslie tells his story

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