Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Ben Ainslie's hard work pays off in the Finn

by Ben Ainslie on 15 Apr 2011
Ben Ainslie - Princesa Sofia Trophy .
Ben Ainslie tells about the Princesa Sofia Trophy and how all of his hard work in the Finn is starting to pay off.

Ben Ainslie:

Palma was a great week, a good result and also the perfect chance to test the kit and my fitness in a range of conditions.

The first day was big, (30 knots/34mph) it certainly blew away the cobwebs! I hadn’t sailed the Finn in those conditions for a long time, maybe even three years, so a fifth and fourth place was an okay start but certainly some improvements are needed in these conditions.

Some are questioning that the event might have had a different outcome if the winds had been stronger. It will be interesting to see how things go with consistently heavier conditions. Guys like Giles Scott, Ed Wright and the Finnish sailor Tapio Nirkko all showed great speed on the first day. It’s certainly an area I’m working hard on in order to make improvements with the set up of the boat.

We had pretty varied conditions for the rest of the week, 8-12 knots, which meant the free pumping rule came in to play. Palma had waves compared to flat water regattas like Miami, this meant good technique and being smart was just as important as brute strength and endurance. In terms of gauging how I’m doing in a range of conditions - it was a fantastic event.

I’ve been luckily to have my own team out in Palma for the past three months, working hard with my coach Sid (David Howlett) and training partner Mark (Mark Andrews) on the development of the kit and that’s certainly seen positive results. Alex (Alex Hopson - Physio and Trainer) has helped massively on the fitness, massage and keeping my body in a condition to race hard.

After the first day of racing the body was pretty sore, Alex was there to make sure I recovered for the next day. The process usually starts in the morning with light exercise and preparation stretching then after racing the same again but more of a cool down and this helps the muscles repair for the next day. You don’t get much recovery time and with the varied conditions in Palma you use different muscle groups each day.

After spending three years match racing I have had to get my head back into fleet racing and I feel the tactics and boat setup has improved and I will take confidence from the results and in particular the medal race.


It was also great to see the other Skandia Team GBR sailors doing so well, with great performances from Paul Goodison in the Laser and Iain Percy and Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson in the Star.

Just before the Palma regatta, I attended the launch of the UPS London 2012 Ambassador programme, I was asked to officially open the first London 2012 logistics centre alongside other UPS ambassadors, Denise Lewis and Steve Rider. It was great to catch up with Denise again, we go back a long way having had the same sponsor for the Sydney Olympics – where we both won Olympic gold medals.

UPS is responsible for virtually all the distribution and logistics services for the games and taking part in the launch really brought home the scale of an event like the Olympics and how in reality it’s just around the corner. With an event like sailing, there is so much equipment that needs to be transported to off-site venues like The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, it's good to know that all these logistics are in good hands.

Next up is France and Hyeres Olympic Regatta (23 – 29 April). I’m back in the gym this week putting the weight on that you naturally lose with all the time on the water last week, then next week we will be back training hard out in Hyeres ahead of the regatta. Hyeres’s is infamous for its mistral* which can last three days so it could make for an interesting regatta!



Ben Ainslie website

Related Articles

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Slingsby wins silver medal
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won a Silver medal in the Laser class on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won a Silver medal in the Laser class on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain.
Posted on 10 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class medal race to Ainslie
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class medal race followed a familiar pattern. Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class medal race followed a familiar pattern. Ben Ainslie (GBR) took his seventh race win of the week and the overall prize for the best performance across all classes. On another day of light winds and small choppy waves, Ainslie led from the top mark all the way.
Posted on 10 Apr 2011
Princesa Sofia Trophy - Ben Ainslie overall champion in Palma
The medal races and Women's Match racing finals have crowned champions in the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma. The medal races and Women's Match racing finals have crowned today the champions in the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma.
Posted on 10 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Women's Match Racing final results
The Finals and Petit-Finals for Women's Match Racing in the Trofeo Sofia Trophy were sailed in perfect conditions. The Finals and Petit-Finals for Women's Match Racing in the Trofeo Sofia Trophy were sailed in perfect conditions after the sea breeze filled in around midday to a steady 7-10 knots. The Petit-Finals saw Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Deb Capozzi (USA) defeat Claire Leroy, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot (FRA) in two straight matches to win the Bronze medal.
Posted on 10 Apr 2011
Princesa Sofia Trophy - Two Aussie crews set for shot at medals
Australian sailors will compete for medals in two classes on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma. Australian sailors will compete for medals in two classes on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma, Spain, with Tom Slingsby holding a slender lead in the Laser class while Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have a fight on their hands in the 470 class.
Posted on 9 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class - Ainslie extends
Ben Ainslie (GBR) dominated proceedings on the final day of the gold and silver fleet races at SAR Princesa Sofia Great Britain's Ben Ainslie dominated proceedings again on the final day of the gold and silver fleet races at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia. Ainslie (GBR) added to his string of race wins with yet another bullet in race nine, his sixth of the series, this time from Dan Slater (NZL) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA), who has been struggling so far in this regatta.
Posted on 9 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Women's Match Racing day five
The 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing fleet enjoyed another beautiful day on Palma Bay The 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing fleet enjoyed another beautiful day on Palma Bay which made conditions excellent for some great racing battles
Posted on 9 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Two more wins for Ainslie
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Experience won over youth today on the fourth day in Palma. Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Experience won over youth today on the fourth day in Palma, as regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) stamped his authority over the fleet with two more race wins on a day when very few could find any consistency and many of the front runners picked up what turned out to be their discards.
Posted on 8 Apr 2011
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Women's Match Racing day four
42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia - The Women's Match Racing fleet at the has now been reduced to the top eight teams. 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia - The Women's Match Racing fleet at the has now been reduced to the top eight teams. The morning saw the completion of the Repechage Group to see who would advance to the Quarter-Finals with the Gold Group. Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) and Stephanie Hazard (NZL) were one-two in the group with scores of four wins and one loss each.
Posted on 8 Apr 2011
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Belcher and Page in the mix
hew Belcher and Malcolm Page have taken the lead in the 470 class with Tom Slingsby second in the Laser fleet. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have taken the lead in the 470 class with Tom Slingsby second in the Laser fleet, while in the Finn class Brendan Casey is 10th.
Posted on 7 Apr 2011
Kilwell - 6Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1Barz Optics - Kids range