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Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

International motivational speaker, Sir Ben Ainslie, is renowned as the most successful sailor in Olympic history.  He is in huge demand for prestigious corporate events to inspire leaders and teams to achieve at peak performance.

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International motivational speaker Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history. He won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards.  These victories include gold at four consecutive Games.

Honours include:

International Sailing Federation World Sailor of the Year.
British Yachtsman of the Year.
Awarded OBE and CBE.
Knighted in New Year Honours List.


Ben’s interest in sailing began at an early age when given a small Optimist sailing dinghy as a gift from his parents. Ben successfully progressed through the youth class and at the age of sixteen moved into the Laser, the class used for the men’s single-handed division of the Olympics.

Ben went on to qualify for Great Britain and eventually take silver medal in the 1996 Olympics after a very close battle for Gold. He has moved to the top of the Laser fleet, winning both the World and European titles this year.  Ben won the Laser Class in the Sydney Olympics.  At this event he brilliantly out-manoeuvred Brazilian Robert Scheidt to take the gold medal.

Ben has since moved to the heavier and more technical Finn class.  In this class sailors  design their own sails, mast and hull shapes. It is in the Finn division that Ben repeated his Sydney Olympic triumph with victory in Athens. He dominated the field.

Ben and his wife, TV presenter Georgie Thompson, have both been named as Ocean Ambassadors for the National Marine Aquarium (NMA).  The NMA has a national school outreach programme.

In 2012, Ben became the first person to carry the Olympic torch in the UK.  Starting the 70-day tour of the UK at Land’s End, he was the first of 8,000 torch carriers.  He was also selected to carry the flag for the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

On October 21st 2020 Ben and INEOS TEAM UK launched their race boat for the 36th America’s Cup from their HQ in Auckland.


Ben is an experienced international motivational speaker, and can draw on his success and hard work for the benefit of many companies.

Brilliant annual conference speaker.”  The Marketing Society

“Really inspiring speech” Georgie Sloggett, Marketing & Product Director, Assemble Media Group

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