Sir Ben Ainslie becomes Falmouth Maritime Museum patron

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Image caption Sir Ben's gold medal winning boats have been displayed at the maritime museum in Falmouth since 2004

Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, has been named as the new patron of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Sir Ben grew up near Falmouth and started sailing at Restronguet Sailing Club when he was aged eight.

He won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996, culminating in four gold medals in London in 2012.

Knighted in the New Year's Honours last year, Sir Ben said he was delighted to take on the role.

The museum has been home to his gold medal winning boats since 2004.

Shared passion

The sailor said he hoped his work with the museum would go on to inspire the next generation of Olympic sailing champions.

"Like me, the museum has a passion for boats and sailing in all its forms and I am delighted to have been asked to become their new patron," he said.

Jonathan Griffin, the museum's director, said Sir Ben had been a great supporter of the museum since it opened.

"Having a figure of Sir Ben Ainslie's stature as our patron will be of huge benefit as we continue with our campaign to raise £4m over the next decade and secure our future ambitions for the museum," he added.

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