Sid Howlett is an enigmatic figure... media-shy, he is very happy to stay in the background, but his role in Ben Ainslie's Olympic career is fundamental.
Ben and Sid have been a longstanding partnership. A former Finn Olympic campaigner himself, but back in the days of limited funding, with a sharp tongue, quick mind and keen sense of humour, Sid is a character that will always stand out in the memory of anyone who has met him. Understated, the intelligence of this tall, witty man with a distinctive smile, is evident and his knowledge of the nuances of sailing immense. In this fabulous video Ben Ainslie pays tribute to his coach and friend.
See our features on Ben and his campaign, Ben Ainslie wins record sixth world Finn title and more about his medal prospects here Sail for Gold Regatta: British sailors on track for best ever Olympics. You can Show your support for Ben Ainslie's campaign via Twitter #benandrita
Gael Pawson is the founder of Creating Waves and has been the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine for over 10 years. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.