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  • Published: 15 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780224082945
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99
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Ben Ainslie: Close to the Wind

Britain's Greatest Olympic Sailor




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

Knife-edge decisions, adrenaline rushes, extreme weather, bitter rivalries, heart-stopping races - they are all in a day’s work for s'ailing’s superman’ Ben Ainslie. Ben has won successive golds in the last three Olympics, making him a British hero and our greatest Olympic sailor ever. In 2012 he plans to bid for a fourth. In Close to the Wind Ben reveals the truth behind his awesome achievement. A charming spokesperson off the water, he reveals just how ruthless he is on it. He admits to fierce rivalries, above all with Brazilian Robert Scheidt, who robbed a nineteen-year-old Ben of gold in his first Olympics. Ben’s twenty-year sailing career, which began on a dinghy in a remote Cornish bay, has a scope unmatched by other sports. In Olympic races he is alone, in his tiny boat, channelling aggression and plotting tactics. Ben’s recent forays into the America’s Cup are a complete contrast. As a helmsman for the Cup - sailing’s glamorous, lucrative Formula One-equivalent, Ben can only succeed by Precision team-work. From his proudest moment representing Team GB, to one tough decision that almost risked destroying his career, this is a unique insight into the man who cannot be second best. It shows what really takes place in the white heat of competition and lifts the lid on this toughest of sports.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780224082945
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Ben Ainslie

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.


Praise for Ben Ainslie: Close to the Wind

“Take it from a neutral observer: the most accomplished competitor at work in British sport today is Ben Ainslie. Chris Hoy, Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington deserve praise but the real fanfare should be reserved for Ainslie ... [He has] a combination of dedication, stamina, tactical nous and, the clincher here, a sustained level of ruthlessness rarely witnessed before in British sport”

Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph

“Sailing's superman”

The Times

“An interesting self-portrait ... it encapsulates his personality: pleasant and unassuming off the water, ruthless on it”

Independent

“A must-read for any sailing fan... Ben’s inside account makes for fascinating reading”

All at Sea magazine

“'Take it from a neutral observer: the most accomplished competitor at work in British sport today is Ben Ainslie. Chris Hoy, Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington deserve praise but the real fanfare should be reserved for Ainslie ... [He has] a combination of dedication, stamina, tactical nous and, the clincher here, a sustained level of ruthlessness rarely witnessed before in British sport.'”

Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph


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