Ben Ainslie wins record sixth Finn Gold Cup


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The three-times gold medalist, Ben Ainslie won his sixth Finn-class world title in the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth.

The 35-year-old broke the world record of six wins when he came first place in seven out of nine races of the week-long event in the Cornish waters where he first learnt how to sail.

“I’m happy but there’s a lot of work to do yet in the coming months in the build-up to the games,” Ainslie told BBC.

“It’s a real boost to win here after a very difficult period.”

In the Finn races last year held in Perth, Ainslie was disqualified from “gross misconduct” which resulted in him finishing in 11th place and not featuring in the final medal race held on the last day. It was Ainslie’s first time not finishing in the top three.

At the beginning of the ninth race, three-time Olympic gold medalist broke his boat, suffering an injury which kept him out of race nine in the competition but his third place in race 10 gave him an unassailable 35-point lead over second place winner Zack Railey from the USA.

Ainslie told the Guardian: “It was one of those crazy days and a really strange pre-start incident, I think because of the big waves and trying to clear another boat which would have caused me to capsize on to another boat. I injured myself in the process and damaged my boat so there was no real chance of continuing in the race in that state, so the best option was to come ashore.”

The final medal race was attempted but was soon abandoned as the wind disappeared that day. This left Ben Ainslie as Finn World Champion for the sixth time, Ed Wright from Great Britain took silver and Jonas Hogh-Christesen from Denmark took Bronze.

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