The Captains are the leaders of their team. They can be onboard or just coordinate. They are all heroes in the country they represent, legendary sailors who can inspire the younger generations and the athletes that join the team. The Captains choose five of ten sailors, the other five are coming from the SSL Ranking, making the Captains selection even more strategic as they have to take into consideration different aspects, like experience on big boats, strength, weight, and much more


The Team Republic of South Africa is Captain Ian Ainslie. He was born on July 27, 1965, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and started sailing at the age of 6. Ian Ainslie is a three-time Olympian in the Finn Class. He started the Izivunguvungu school for transforming sailing in South Africa and was a head coach of the Netherland Olympic sailing team in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.


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