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Sir Ben has to settle for second!
SAILING superstar Ben Ainslie’s incredible winning streak was finally brought to an end when he and his crew were forced to settle for second place at the Bermuda Gold Cup.
Golden boy Ainslie, pictured below, added a record fourth Olympic gold medal to his tally at London 2012 – then followed it up by winning the America’s Cup last month.
But, despite reaching the final of the penultimate round of the World Match Racing Tour, Ainslie and his team – including fellow Olympian Iain Percy – were pipped by Italian sailor Francesco Bruni.
Bruni, himself an America’s Cup sailor, edged a 3-2 win over his British rival in a tense final on the waters of the Caribbean island’s capital, Hamilton.
Ainslie, from Lymington, was racing as Ben Ainslie Racing Team or BART – in homage to Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, a close friend and sailing partner to Percy who lost his life in a sailing accident earlier this year.
Following his defeat, Ainslie, who won the World Match Racing Tour in 2010, said: “Obviously my lack of practice was shining through and I had a really bad day. I let the guys down a bit on that.
“Francesco and his guys sailed brilliantly all week. I think it was a great final to go 3-2. We are obviously here for other reasons.
“It has been a fantastic week and we are very grateful to everyone for having us here.”
Ainslie donated his team’s $20,000 winnings to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation set up in Simpson’s honour.
Fellow Lymington sailor Ian Williams, the current match racing world champion, had to settle for sixth place.
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