Yachting Boating World: Ahead of the America’s Cup action in Portsmouth this weekend, Sir Ben Ainslie has already had his first win! He and his wife, Georgie Thompson have welcomed their first child.
Sir Ben Ainslie and his wife, radio and television presenter Georgie Thompson, have welcomed the arrival of their first child. The baby girl has been named Bellatrix.
The news was broken by Sir Ben’s racing team, Land Rover BAR on their Twitter feed on the morning of 21 July.
The team’s Twitter hashtag #BringTheCupHome was temporarily changed to #BringTheBabyHome.
The arrival of Bellatrix Ainslie comes just days before the start of the America’s Cup World Series at Portsmouth.
Land Rover BAR will be hoping to repeat their success last year on home ground.
1 March Sir Ben Ainslie says he expects 2016 to be “a hugely enjoyable year on both a personal and a professional level,” and there’s one tiny reason for all the happiness.
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, Ainslie announced that he and television presenter Georgie Thompson are expecting their first child this summer.
In an update that also covered the America’s Cup skipper’s recent win in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) event in Oman last weekend, Ainslie was ebullient.
“Firstly, I have some exciting news. My wife Georgie and I are expecting our first child this summer. It is a big moment for us both and we could not be happier.”
Ainslie went on to talk about his thrill at winning the ACWS event and beating Oracle Team USA to the post in a close competition.
The America’s Cup captain said his goal was to prove to fans that British racing belongs at the top of the world stage alongside teams like the USA and New Zealand who currently lead the ACWS standings after three events.
Ainslie also put the pressure on Giles Scott to bring home the gold medal for Britain in the Rio Olympics this summer, saying he has a personal interest in Scott’s campaign, “since we have had that medal in British hands since 2000 when Iain Percy first won it.”
Ainslie called Giles a “hugely talented sailor” and said he had been integral to the team’s first win in the ACWS, saying the pair’s relationship both on the water and off had been improving since tensions arose over a competition to race for Britain in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics.
With the America’s Cup in Bermuda just over a year away, Ainslie said the team’s second test boat, T2, was back on the water undergoing trials after suffering damage in December.
Ainslie also said he has high hopes for the future of British sailing, with the Land Rover BAR Academy aiming to prepare a team of young sailors to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2017.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has announced that Sir Ben Ainslie is to become their new Patron.
The Maritime Museum in Falmouth has been home to Sir Ben’s Olympic gold medal winning boats since 2004, when they first took custody of his Laser dinghy, which he sailed to victory at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Since then Sir Ben has famously gone on to win three further golds in the Finn heavyweight dinghy class, at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
The museum proudly displays the Finn, named Rita, in their main hall where visitors can get up close to this iconic piece of British Olympic sailing history.
Maritime Museum Director Jonathan Griffin said: ‘Ben has been a great supporter of the museum for the past 10 years and we are honoured that he has agreed to come on board as our Patron.
‘Having a figure of Sir Ben Ainslie’s stature as our Patron will be of huge benefit as we continue with our campaign to raise £4m over the next decade and secure our future ambitions for the museum.’
Sir Ben said: ‘Like me, the museum has a passion for boats and sailing in all its forms and I am delighted to have been asked to become their new patron.
‘They have been a supporter of mine for many years and I admire their commitment to celebrating the sea boat and Cornwall.
‘I am happy to support their continued work and, who knows, perhaps we can inspire the next generation of Olympic sailing champions.’
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Olympians Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison and their Ben Ainslie Racing Teammate Matt Cornwall draw a large crowd gathered in front of his J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 multihull at the London Boat Show 2014.
Held at ExCeL, London, the event saw Island Sailing Club Commodore John Dudley announce that the title sponsorship of the Round the Island (RTI) Race will continue to reside with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a further two-year period up to and including 2016.
The announcement took place at stand G280, which exhibits the very boat which broke the Race Multihull record last year.
In addition to the race sponsorship continuation, J.P. Morgan announced their commitment to the sport of sailing by title sponsoring Sir Ben and his team BAR in the Extreme Sailing Series 2014.
The first race of the global series will be held in Singapore. The BAR team will include Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison as tactician and on the main sheet, and Matt ‘Catflap’ Cornwall as bowman.
Sir Ben admitted that trying to break the RTI multihull record on 21 June would be a tough challenge and said that he was waiting to see the forecast before he decided which boat to use on the day – the AC45 or the smaller Extreme Sailing Series multihull.
He thanked the public saying: ‘We really do appreciate all the support. It was amazing to come back from the America’s Cup and see how many people had watched and supported it.’
Sir Ben said a British America’s Cup win was a part of maritime history that was missing. He said: ‘The America’s Cup started here in 1851 around the Isle of Wight, the American’s won it and we haven’t seen the cup back here since – it’s about time we turned that around.’
He added: ‘There’s a lot of passion for sailing in the UK, and a lot of talent in terms of British sailing designers, sailors and engineers. We’ve got the expertise, it’s about pulling the right people together to create a winning team.’
This afternoon HRH The Princess Royal will attend the show, visiting the Ben Ainslie Racing stand, Haines Marine, Raymarine, Hartley Boats, Southerly Yachts, the Royal Navy stand, Ocean Safety Ltd, the Little Ship Club team, Commodore Yachting, Gill and the Inland Waterways Association between 2.50pm and 4.30pm.
At 3pm, Princess Anne will be officially naming the Drascombe Longboat ‘Penny Wake’ and at 3.35pm she will present the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtsmaster of the Year award.
The London Boat Show, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, runs until Sunday, 12 January. Find out more at www.londonboatshow.com
America’s Cup star and Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and a Royal visitor will attend will be taking centre stage at the London Boat Show 2014 tomorrow – Wednesday 8th January 2014. The quadruple Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison.
The stand also displays Sir Ben’s extreme racing multihull, which competed in the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series.
Sir Ben and Paul Goodison are later expected to attend the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation stand at 4pm, to promote the work of the charity established in memory of their good friend Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically died last year while training for the 34th America’s Cup.
A Royal VIP visitor is also expected to attend on what looks set to be the busiest day of the Diamond Jubliee anniversary show.
Moss the Springer Spaniel was among the sniffer dogs out in force today as security preparations stepped up a gear ahead of tomorrow’s big event.
Although attendance has been moderate so far, organisers are preparing for a record-breaking mid-week turnout, which they hope will bolster visitor numbers for the rest of the week.
A show spokesman said: ‘Advance ticket sales are up 4% on last year’s figures. At the moment Wednesday is the most popular day.’
The show so far
Waterside Properties director Nick Byrne said while today’s visitor numbers had been quieter than expected, they had enjoyed a positive start to the 2014 event.
He said: ‘We had the best opening day to a London Boat Show that Waterside Properties has experienced for four or five years, in terms of the number of people and most importantly the quality of the enquiries.
‘Sunday and Monday continued to be busy with quality enquiries, then today was much quieter.’
Staff at Ocean Safety Ltd also reported a successful show so far, with their liferaft demonstration in The Watersports Pool on the opening weekend attracting a couple of hundred spectators.
John Goode, of the Adventurous Cruising Zone, said the ‘Ask the experts’ free advice area was proving popular.
He said: ‘Because everything is so electronic these days we’ve had a number of people asking us about basic navigation stuff, there’s a lot of interest in being able to fall back on celestial navigation.’
The London Boat Show 2014, began on Saturday and is scheduled to run until Sunday 12 January.
Book tickets and find out more at www.londonboatshow.com