Sir Ben becomes museum patron

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The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has announced that Sir Ben Ainslie is to become its new patron.

Maritime Museum MD, Jonathan Griffin, welcomes new patron, Sir Ben Ainslie
Jonathan Griffin (r) welcomes Sir Ben Ainslie as the museum’s new patron

The Maritime Museum in Falmouth has been home to Sir Ben’s Olympic gold medal winning boats since 2004, when they first took custody of his Laser dinghy, which he sailed to victory at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Since then Sir Ben has famously gone on to win three further golds in the Finn class, at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and, of course, London 2012.

Maritime Museum director, Jonathan Griffin, said: “Ben has been a great supporter of the museum for the past ten years and we are honoured that he has agreed to come on board as our patron.

“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 £4 million over the next decade and secure our future ambitions for the Museum.”