Ainslie avoids more punishment for confrontation

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has escaped further

punishment from British yachting’s governing body for grappling

with a cameraman during a race.

Ainslie was disqualified from races at the world sailing

championships last year, cited for gross misconduct by the

International Sailing Federation.

The Royal Yachting Association said Friday it would ”not be

appropriate … to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by

the international jury.”

Ainslie jumped from his dinghy and confronted the cameraman. He

was angry that the media boat created a wash by being too close to

the race.

The RYA says there was an ”apparent lack of active management

of media boats.”