Ben Ainslie, brand new ISAF World Match Racing Champion
Ben Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN - Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottl showed world-class match racing skill in the tricky conditions presented by the Terengganu River this morning, to win the coveted 2010 title.
Having knocked Mathieu Richard out of the semifinals yesterday, Ainslie had the best possible chance of winning the Championship. His chances got even better when this morning, Richard was beaten 2-0 by Bruni in the 5-to-8 knockoffs and was renegaded to 8th place in the Monsoon Cup overall leaderboard.
All the British had to do was beat Björn Hansen in the semifinal and they did just that. They went on to take both races in a commanding way and advanced to the finals. Regardless of the outcome of the Monsoon Cup finals against Torvar Mirsky, Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Christian Kamp, Matthew Cornwell and Mike Mottl are the world's best match racing crew in 2010.
It's a pity we won't witness what could be a clash of titans in 2013 between Ben Ainslie and James Spithill at the 34th America's Cup.