SAILING legend Sir Ben Ainslie today offered inspiration to brave young sailors suffering and recovering from cancer.

The record Olympic medal winning sailor met with youngsters and their families at Port Hamble Marina.

The teams were setting sail for Cowes on the Isle of Wight as part of a trip organised by charity Sail 4 Cancer.

Ben signed autographs and posed for pictures with excited fans and wished them good luck on their trip.

He said: "It's great to see how people suffering and recovering from such a serious illness are getting out on the water and having a bit of fun."