Ainslie takes gold on curtailed day

18 May 2012 / 15:41

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie secured a historic sixth Finn world title albeit in frustrating circumstances.

The 35-year-old had a 20-point cushion heading into the J.P. Asset Management Finn Gold Cup medal race, which he only needed to start and finish to secure the title.

However, racing was called off halfway up the first leg due to light winds and competition never restarted, meaning Ainslie took home gold.

"It is great. I am very happy," said Ainslie, who was joined on the podium by silver-winning Skandia Team GBR team-mate Ed Wright.

"It was a shame today that there wasn't enough wind to race because we have had a fantastic week of racing down in Falmouth.

"I am really happy with how things have gone, it has been a great competition and now I am looking forward to the Olympics.

"This is the sixth time I have won the Finn Gold Cup, but this by far and away the best because I grew up and learned to sail here in Cornwall on these waters.

"It has been a long time since I raced down here, probably 20 or 25 years.

"I am showing my age a little bit but it is great to be back in this part of the world and fantastic to win a world championship here on home waters."