Charles Benedict Ainslie MP

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Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Managed by: June Barnes
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Immediate Family

    • Susan L (Sue)
      mother
    • Michael Roderick (Roddy)
      father
    • Fleur L
      sister

About Charles Benedict Ainslie

From Ben Ainslie's autobiography.

"My Grandfather on my father's side once started tracing the family tree. He went as far back as finding out that our ancestors were Scottish, and were all hung for stealing sheep on the south side of the border"

"On my mother's side, my grandfather was a Spitfire pilot in the 2nd World War. He was based at R.A.F. Ringwood, south of Manchester. I used to love sitting with him, and listening to stories about his sorties. He achieved a notoriety in the war. There was an order that attacks should not include religious sites, such as churches or cathedrals. On one mission, his squadron was attacking Cologne, and he managed to damage the city's cathedral, getting himself into a huge amount of trouble in the process. My great-grandfather on my mother's side made a name for himself as an inventor."

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Ben Ainslie, Esq, CBE's Timeline

1977
February 5, 1977
Cheshire, England
1985
1985
Age 7
1987
1987
Age 9
1989
1989
Age 11

Ben Ainslie's first international competition was the 1989 Optimist world championships held in Japan where he placed 37th.

1995
1995
Age 17
1996
1996
Age 18
Atlanta, USA

He won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games

1998
1998
Age 20
1999
1999
Age 21
2000
2000
Age 22
Sydney, Australia

Won gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the Laser class

2000
Age 22