Sailing on back-burner as Ainslie gets ready to tie the knot

The Telegragh (UK). By Sir Ben Ainslie:

What a 12 months it has been. I was not sure that much could top the experience of the America's Cup last autumn but the thrill of setting up a new team, virtually from scratch, working with such a talented group of people to reach in the position we find ourselves in now, has been incredible. I could not be more excited about the future of Ben Ainslie Racing heading into 2015.

To top it all off I got engaged to Georgie Thompson a couple of months ago and we will be getting married over the festive period. Truly, this has been a remarkable year.

With luck I will not be sneezing and sniffling my way down the aisle. Earlier this week I returned from our final regatta of 2014, the 8th and last leg of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Sydney, with a touch of man flu. Actually, I got it on the way out there, which made the event a bit of a grind if I'm honest.

The conditions in Sydney Harbour ­ such a stunning venue, of course, and one which holds particularly happy memories for me as it was where won my first Olympic gold back in 2000 ­ were tricky anyway, with racing cancelled on the first day due to high winds. 

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