London - Four-time Olympic champion, Sir Ben Ainslie, revealed on Tuesday that he
and his new wife were helped by British entrepreneur Richard Branson
after running into trouble while sailing on their honeymoon.
Ainslie and television presenter Georgie Thompson, both 37, were
sailing close to Branson's Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands,
after marrying in December when their boat developed a problem with its
sail furling system.
After they called for help, Branson dispatched members of his
watersports team to prevent the vessel being wrecked on a reef, before
inviting the honeymooners to stay with him for a couple of days.
"Unfortunately we had a mechanical failure with the mast furling
system, which, for just the two of us, was a bit much to try to fix on
our own," Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic yachtsman in history, told
Sky Sports News.
"We were very lucky that we were right next to Necker Island and some
of the guys from the sailing centre, I have to say, were absolutely
amazing and between the four of us we managed to sort out the situation.
"Then Richard very kindly phoned up and invited us over for dinner."
Ainslie and Branson have experienced trouble at sea together before,
having been forced to abandon an attempt to break the Atlantic crossing
record in 2008 when winds and high waves damaged their boat.