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Sir Ben to join Round the Island Race

Thu 2 May 2013

Sir Ben to join Round the Island Race

Olympic gold medal winner Sir Ben Ainslie is set to compete in the highly anticipated JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

The JP Morgan BAR AC45 catamaran has been entered into the prestigious event on June 1st and it will mark Sir Ben's return to competitive sailing following his triumphant performance in the 2012 Olympics.

Fans are already expecting the sailing star to beat the multi-hull race record, which is currently held by Francis Joyon, who completed the course in just 188 minutes in 2001.

However, a lot will depend on the weather conditions around the Isle of Wight on the day of the race and Sir Ben has played down any talk of a record-breaking run.

"While we're definitely aiming to get round as quickly as possible, the most important thing is to race safely and have fun. Whatever happens after that is an added bonus," he remarked.

The race itself gets bigger and better every year and it regularly attracts more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801581411-ADNFCR

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