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Ainslie and crew pay tribute to Simpson with record

Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew have paid further tribute to close friend Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a day after attending his funeral, as they set a new record in a race around the Isle of Wight.

Sir Ben Ainslie (second left) and crew celebrate victory in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The group wore black armbands and a ribbon motif with Simpson's name on their back during the Round The Island Race.

The crew broke out the champagne after smashing the race record by 16 minutes. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Simpson, a double Olympic medal winning sailor, tragically died when his Artemis America's Cup catamaran capsized and broke up in a training accident in San Francisco.

The race was the first time Sir Ben had raced on home waters since he claimed his fourth Olympic gold in Weymouth last year. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Read: Full coverage of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's funeral

Ainslie might not try for fifth gold

Ben Ainslie has refused to commit to another Olympic campaign after securing his fourth straight gold medal in the sailing.

The 35-year-old successfully overhauled the race leader, Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen, with a thrilling final race at Weymouth to become the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time.

But when asked today whether he would consider another campaign to try to match Sir Steve Redgrave's haul of five gold medals, Ainslie left a question mark hanging over it.

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie competing in the Finn class at Weymouth Bay. Credit: PA Wire

He told BBC News: "It's never going to get any better than this - winning a gold medal in front of a home crowd.

"Rio, in four years' time, is a long way off. With so many emotions (now), it's difficult to be pinned down.

"The boat is definitely getting too old - it's now done three Olympics.

"It's hard when everyone expects you to go out and win easily. Hearing the crowd roar in that final race was a huge inspiration."

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Ainslie celebrates winning sailing contest

Ben Ainslie holds flares as he celebrates winning the men's finn class one person dinghy (heavyweight) medal race sailing competition.
Ben Ainslie holds flares as he celebrates winning the men's finn class one person dinghy (heavyweight) medal race sailing competition. Credit: Reuters

Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history as he claimed gold for the fourth Games in a row. He celebrated after winning the men's finn class one person dinghy (heavyweight) medal race sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Finn class at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Britain's Ben Ainslie celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Finn class at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Credit: Reuters
Ben Ainslie holds the Union Flag as he celebrates winning the men's finn class one person dinghy medal race sailing contest.
Ben Ainslie holds the Union Flag as he celebrates winning the men's finn class one person dinghy medal race sailing contest. Credit: Reuters
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