Ben Ainslie: Close To The Wind -
Autobiography of Britains Greatest Olympic Sailor
Knife edge decisions, adrenaline rushes,
extreme weather, bitter rivalries, heart stopping races... they are all
in a day's work for sailings superman Ben Ainslie.
Ben has won successive golds in the last
three Olympics, making him a British hero and our greatest Olympic
sailor ever. In 2012 he plans to bid for a fourth. In Close to the Wind
Ben reveals the truth behind his awesome achievement. A charming
spokesperson off the water, he reveals just how ruthless he is on it. He
admits to fierce rivalries, above all Brazilian Robert Scheidt, who
robbed a nineteen year old Ben of gold in his first Olympics.
Ben's twenty year sailing career, which
began on a dinghy in a remote Cornish bay, has a scope unmatched by
other sports. In Olympic races he is alone, in his tiny boat,
channelling aggression and plotting tactics. Ben's recent forays into
the America's Cup are a complete contrast. As a helmsman for the Cup,
sailing's glamorous, lucrative Formula One equiavalent, Ben can only
succeed by Precision team work.
From his proudest moment representing Team
GB, to one tough decision that almost risked destroying his career, this
is a unique insight into the man who cannot be second best. It shows
what really takes place in the white heat of competition and lifts the
lid on this toughest of sports.