2003 NOVEMBER

Ben Ainslie (GBR)

Nomination
Winner of both Pre-Olympic test events in the Finn class, just as he was in the Laser class prior to Sydney 2000, Ben Ainslie has perfomed similar feats in the dinghy racing world to those of Botin & Carkeek in the area of yacht design. Both are still 'relative' new boys, both established themselves as world class in a very short space of time. As a sailor, Ainslie has that rare, fearsome combination: huge raw talent allied with unlimited personal motivation. Daunting!
Why they won
Finally... Ben took this month's contest from Botin & Carkeek with 55 per cent of your votes. 'Wins in every boat he gets in' - simply put by Magnus Hansson. But B&C also had a strong following: 'Give them an ACC or VOlO please: said MarcAnton Arque; quite so, say we.