Ainslie ready for a scrap

28 July 2012 / 17:06

Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie is looking forward to getting his Olympic campaign under way on Sunday.

The 35-year-old is the undoubted star of Great Britain's sailing team and gearing up for a fifth successive Games.

Ainslie already boasts three gold medals and a silver from previous Olympics and is expected by many to add to that haul in home waters.

Competition gets under way on Sunday with two races and Ainslie, fresh from a practice race, is raring to get started.

"I am ready to go," he said. "I am looking forward to racing and hope things go well.

"It was good out there today. It was a great breeze, perfect sailing conditions.

"It is an interesting course that medal race course (Nothe Course). It is pretty tricky so tomorrow starting off there will be a tough race.

"It is cramped out there. I think you've just got to be more prepared for the difficult conditions and know it won't be perfect.

"You've just got to deal with it and prepare for a bit of a scrap."

Races will take place on the Nothe Course and then Weymouth Bay West, with the former allowing ticketed spectators to watch sailing for the first time at an Olympics.