Ben Ainslie, CBE, made sure of a fifth Olympic appearance by winning the Sail for Gold Regatta and the London 2012 test event last summer – both of which were held at the Weymouth venue.
Ainslie won his first Olympic medal at Atlanta 1996, when he became Britain’s youngest ever sailing medallist, aged 19, by claiming silver in the Laser class.
At Sydney 2000 he won his first Olympic gold in the Laser and then moved to the Finn to claim gold at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, becoming Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor in history.
Inspired by father Roddy, who took part in the first-ever Round the World Race, Ainslie took up sailing aged eight and is now a multiple world champion, winning the Laser class twice and the Finn on six occasions. In 2010 he also won the World Match Racing title.
He is the only sailor to be named ISAF World Sailor of the Year on three occasions, 1998, 2002 and 2008 while he is also a four-time British yachtsman of the year.
A Chelsea fan, ‘Beano’ Ainslie was the first official torch bearer for the UK Olympic Torch Relay, carrying the flame in Cornwall.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Ainslie won gold, finn.