He had to do it the "long way" but after he claimed his fourth straight Olympic gold – and fifth Olympic medal in total, at five separate Olympic Games, Ben Ainslie has been recognised in the New Year Honours . . . Arise Sir Ben.
British Sailing had more cause for celebration, with honours also going to Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas, and to Ainslie’s coach David Howlett, who were both named as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Lucas, 37, in September became the first Paralympic gold medallist for sailing since it became a full Paralympic programme sport in 2000, and notably did so as the only female among an otherwise all-male fleet in the 2.4mR class.
David ‘Sid’ Howlett, 61, coached Ben Ainslie to his record-breaking fourth Olympic gold and sixth Finn World Championship title this summer, while his knowledge and experience has also contributed to a clutch of British Olympic sailing medals since 1988.
Sir Keith Mills was awarded the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Outside of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there was also recognition for Malcolm Torry, who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to sailing and to people with disabilities for his work through Carsington Sailability in Derbyshire.
29 December 2012 10:56 GMT