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Ben Ainslie's thoughts on Perth International Regatta 2010

Ben's thoughts on the week...
It’s been great to back in the boat, the conditions have been frustrating at times in particular the three races that have been abandoned, as I was placed well in all of them, but to be fair you just have to deal with that.

Finn Dinghy Fitness
I’m feeling fitter, leading into the regatta we had good five days of training in strong breeze, it’s really good to get the legs and back working on the boat in these conditions.
The first day of racing was also breezy and they brought in the free pumping rule so that was incredibly hard work for me especially with many of the other guys currently being fitter and stronger.
My heart rate monitor was flat out and I was pretty exhausted but to be fair in the long term it’s been good as I need to push myself and get my Finn fitness to where it needs to be.

Racing tactics
Apart from the fitness it’s just good to get time in boat and concentrate on getting the decision making and sailing techniques correct, the tactics are there and they have always been my strong point, however over the last two years I have been very much used to different racing tactics with big boat sailing.
Sailing the FINN is different as you end up in so many more scenarios especially close and tight boat to boat situations, so it’s really freshened up my tactics and approach to the racing.

The week overall
It’s been a tough! However, I have really enjoyed the week, it’s been important to get back into the FINN and I have now realized that I will always keep my hand in dinghy sailing as I think it also improves different aspects of big boat sailing. The guys like Giles Scott, Ed Wright and Jonathan Lobert are up there and it hasn’t surprised me – they are strong I knew they would be and racing with them has let me know where I have to improve.
Even though the week was never about the result, I am pleased to finish reasonable close (5th) to the leaders. It was disappointing we didn’t get to race in the medal race as it would have been only the second time I have raced in a medal race since Beijing 2008, and it’s important to gain more experience on that front.
Overall, it’s has been a fantastic week for me, racing against these guys and seeing the physicality of the Finn racing and how it's moved on.
There’s a lot to work on, but I’m looking forward to it.

source: benainslie.com

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