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December 2005

Ian Ainslie (RSA)

 Nomination
Like his UK namesake, the South African Finn sailor also had a rough introduction to Cup World, being replaced on the wheels of Shosholoza in Malmo by his former coach. But we nominated this Ainslie for what else he does with his time, for being the driver behind a sailing school project for disadvantaged ‘street kids’ in Cape Town which is now expanding to offer everything from boat­building to academic programmes
 Why they won
Sorry, Ben, four Gold Cups isn't enough... you'll be back. Fellow Finn sailor Ian Ainslie took it, in recognition of his work getting South African children off the street and into sailing and school. 'There's no greater achievement than giving back' – Paul Garner; 'Ben will win everything there is in sailing including this prize, this time I'm voting for lan' – Rob Goddard; 'We are so proud of him' – Kathy Manten; 'Ian will change a great many young lives' – Eero & Lehtinen.