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All you need to know about Debrett's 7 most influential sailors

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Sir Ben Ainslie, CBE

Sir Ben Ainslie, CBE

Who: British sailor and found of America’s Cup team Land Rover BAR

Yachting connection: The most successful Olympic sailor in history

Need to know: Ainslie discovered sailing on a family holiday in Cornwall aged 8 and won his first Olympic sailing medal at 19. He went on to win medals in five consecutive Olympic Games and is now leading his own team into what he hopes will be America’s Cup victory.

However, it has not all been plain sailing for the Boat International contributor. During his honeymoon in 2015 Ainslie and his new wife Georgie Thompson were forced to call on Richard Branson for aid after the mainsail furling unit broke on his yacht close to Necker Island.

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