UK Sir Ben Ainslie voted YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year

January 16, 2013

Lady Pippa Blake and Bob Fisher, Chairman of the YJA, present Sir Ben Ainslie with the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year trophy at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Sir Ben Ainslie proved beyond doubt today that he is the supreme yachtsman of our time when he capped a challenging sailing year by being named the British Yachtsman of the Year, for an unprecedented sixth time.

The title, awarded by the Yachting Journalists’ Association in association with yacht insurance provider Pantaenius UK, caps his 2012 honours. His successes peaked with winning his fourth Olympic gold medal at Weymouth and Portland in the London 2012 Olympics, becoming ISAF world sailing champion, and receiving a knighthood in recognition of his services to sailing in the New Year’s Honours.

Members of the Yachting Journalists’ Association voted him as the yachtsman most deserving the title in the closest of ballots, narrowly ahead of finalists -  Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas MBE, a member of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, and the four times match racing world champion Ian Williams, also from Lymington.

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