Ainslie secures historic Finn title

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Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie hailed this year's Finn world title in Cornwall as "far and away the best" of his six triumphs.

The 35-year-old Lymington-based star had a 20-point cushion heading into today's medal race at the J.P. Asset Management Finn Gold Cup, where he only needed to start and finish to secure the title.

However, racing was called off halfway up the first leg due to light winds and competition never restarted in Falmouth.

As a result, Ainslie secured a historic sixth Finn Gold Cup triumph - three more than any other sailor in history - which was made all the better by the fact it was in his home county of Cornwall.

"It is great. I am very happy," said Ainslie. "It was a shame today that there wasn't enough wind to race because we have had a fantastic week of racing down in Falmouth.

"I am really happy with how things have gone, it has been a great competition and now I am looking forward to the Olympics.

"This is the sixth time I have won the Finn Gold Cup, but this by far and away the best because I grew up and learned to sail here in Cornwall on these waters.

"It has been a long time since I raced down here, probably 20 or 25 years.

"I am showing my age a little bit but it is great to be back in this part of the world and fantastic to win a world championship here on home waters."

Ainslie dominated sailing throughout the week in Falmouth, winning seven of the nine races.

The Finn Gold Cup is the penultimate regatta for the four-time Olympian, who only has Skandia Sail For Gold left before the Olympics begin.

"Any world championship, no matter what year it is, is a big deal," Ainslie said.

"But the Olympics is what we're all working towards so for me there is still plenty to work on and lots of improvements to make.

"I certainly won't be relaxing at all in the next couple of months in the build up to the Olympics.

"I might have a couple of days off after this and I have to run a couple of hundred metres down the road with a torch tomorrow.

"That will be really exciting to take the Olympic torch for the first time on home soil.

"I think it is a great moment for the country and sparks off a great period of Olympic activity."

Ainslie was joined on the podium by Skandia Team GBR team-mate Ed Wright, who had already secured silver heading into today's medal race.

"We got one race underway but the wind dropped out and then didn't come back in for the rest of the day," said Wright, who will form part of part of Ainslie's training group in the build-up to the Games.

"It's a shame that we didn't manage to just get enough to have the race, but I think it was a good decision.

"I'm really happy for the silver - it was a fun week and great racing, and Ben sailed really well.

"It's a shame I couldn't beat him but silver's a really good result."

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