He's already the most decorated athlete in the history of his sport and one of Britain's most successful Olympians but the awards are still coming in for Sir Ben Ainslie. The sailor from Falmouth has been named Yachtsman of the Year - for an unprecedented sixth time. Richard Payne reports.
Ben Ainslie, one of Britain's most successful Olympians, has decided to call time on his Olympic career.
He has just been shortlisted for the sports personality of the year award but says he won't compete in Rio in 2016.
Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.
The 35-year-old, who grew up in Falmouth, has decided to call time on his glittering Olympic career to focus on the America's Cup.
The West Country Tonight's Cordelia Lynch spoke to Ben about his future plans:
Sad to be announcing Olympic retirement but its been a great ride and I have to say a huge thanks to all those who helped make it possible.
Following the announcement that he will not be competing in Rio 2016, four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has said he will now focus on his America's Cup campaign.
Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 - his fourth gold medal in his fifth Games.
The 35 year old did not announce his Olympic retirement immediately after winning in Weymouth, preferring to wait for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin to decide which classes would be on the Olympic programme for Rio.
Ainslie will now concentrate on an America's Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.
"I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America's Cup proper. Not at next year's event in San Francisco - that will be too soon - but perhaps the one after that."