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Falmouth's Ben Ainslie leads US crew to victory in Americas Cup
12:50pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in Cornwall
Falmouth's Ben Ainslie has become the first British sailor, and only the sixth in history, to win Olympic gold and the America's Cup.
Four-time Olympic champion Ainslie played a starring role as tactician, as Oracle Team USA defied the odds to win sailing's most famous prize and international sport's oldest event.
He was drafted onto Jimmy Spithill's boat when rivals Emirates Team New Zealand were dominating the first to nine series in San Francisco Bay.
His match racing skills and sailing instincts helped the USA win eight straight races to claim the "Auld Mug" by a 9-8 scoreline.
Ainslie called the tactics on Oracle Team USA as they completed a legendary comeback to win the Americas Cup in San Francisco, has said he wants to lead a British team for the next edition of sailing's oldest and greatest prize.
Sir Ben dedicated his America's Cup success to friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who lost his life in preparation for the event in May
As winners, Oracle, backed by software billionaire Larry Ellison, will decide on the format, venue and timing of the next event and the sort of boats that will race.
But Ainslie - who stepped back from a planned British challenge for this year's regatta due to a lack of funding - wants to be involved.
"The America's Cup started in Britain in 1851 around the Isle of Wight and we've never won it and it's about time we changed that," he said.
"We would love to build a British team for the future but we'll see how that develops in the next few months, when we know more about where the next America's Cup will be and what type of boat it will be raced in.
"This year's Cup has showcased what sailing is really about and capable of. These boats are amazing, they are so fast and so physical and it's great for the sport of sailing."
Ainslie is the only the sixth sailor in history, and the first from Britain, to win Olympic gold and the America's Cup.
Double Olympic champion Rodney Pattison skippered Sir Peter de Savary's British challenge for the America's Cup in 1983 and Olympic medallists Colin Ratsey and Graham Mann also tried to win in the 1930s and 1950s.
Between 1899 and 1930, British tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton launched five campaigns for the trophy and lost them all, earning the nickname the 'best of all losers'.
Entering the race is not cheap, with the defeated Emirates Team New Zealand syndicate spending an estimated $100 million on their failed campaign. It was once described as similar to "standing fully-clothed under a cold shower, tearing up 100-dollar bills".
Ainslie said: "We've certainly got a lot of talent in Britain, we've got a lot of sailors racing for teams in this America's Cup and we've also got the designers.
"We just need to put that together into a team that can be successful in this arena."
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