Sailing: The Olympic Test Regatta


Sailing: The Olympic Test Regatta

Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson presents highlights from the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, which is doubling up as the London 2012 test event.


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What are you doing at this time next year? Millions of us will

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forgo our summer holidays or make sure we are at home for the first

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two weeks in August, the pulling Holmes! Two gold medals for Rebecca

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Adlington! You are brilliant! Chris Hoy is coming up to the line!

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This is where Britain is expecting to deliver. In the last three

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Olympic Games, six British golds have been buoyant in the athletics

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stadiums. -- have been won. But Britain's sailors have done miles

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gold medal! The third British gold medal, Welburn. In Atlanta, it was

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silver, but for the last three, it Britain's Olympic sailors have led

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the world, so there is every expectation that the medal haul is

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not going to be just in the capital. But in the place where you can

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spend two weeks on the beach and still be part of the Games.

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Weymouth and Portland is the venue for sailing. It is getting ready

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It is a short drive from the beach to the place where it will happen.

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This August, there is a dress rehearsal, everything is for real,

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just like the Olympic Games. Can Britain walkaway from the Olympic

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test event with a stack of medals? Beijing delivered six, four of them

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gold medals. Can this team do better? Tremendous success in

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Beijing, there is pressure to perform even better next year.

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is a home Olympic Games, there is added pressure, primarily through

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the public expectation, but from our perspective, we will try just

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as hard as we have been in recent Olympic Games. Thinking back to the

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test event before the Beijing Olympics, the team that went there

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went to the Olympics. The sailors that we are seeing this week, will

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they be the same next year? Historically, we know that the 80%

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of the sailors two represent the team at the test event will be the

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team that will represent the country at the Olympic Games. There

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is some competition still to happen in a number of events. There is a

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lot of very competitive sailors in our squad who will be hoping that

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that statistic is incorrect this time around. 10 Olympic gold medals

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can be won in sailing in a variety of hard work, from windsurfing to

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birds like this. It weighs as much as a small car and requires either

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a crane or a forklift to put it in the water. Five gold medals can be

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won by sailors competing on their own. Four by those racing as part

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of a two person team. And at one, a boat like this, with three on board.

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Run in the Olympics is his huge merger stickle exercise, there are

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five courses, some close to land, other's way out in Weymouth Bay.

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Most classes have 10 races over a week, and after that, there is the

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cut. Just the top 10 after 10 races head into the medal race final. 30

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minutes of racing that decides gold, silver and bronze. In sailing,

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there is just one for each of the 10 classes. A sailing team consists

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of 16 people, nine men and seven women. For Britain, many potential

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medal winners will not be going. Take the 49er class, five out of

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the top 10 internationally are British. It is tough, only one will

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go to the Olympics, for the other four, they will be watching from

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home. There is no easy route to securing a place, with so many

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world-class sailors to choose from, competition is fierce. Three of the

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gold medal winners from Beijing are looking for a repeat performance.

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Having won an Olympic gold does not mean you get a free ticket to the

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Ben Ainslie is not just our most successful Olympic sailor ever, but

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one of Britain's most successful Olympians, with three gold medals

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already. With a record like that, you would imagine that his journey

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to the 2012 Olympics would be routine. But nothing in this

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competition is that predictable. He races the Finn, the largest and

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most powerful single-handed class. After the last Olympics, he put his

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Olympic life on hold. He returned two years later, and the class was

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brimming with fresh talent. That talent was not about to let the

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Olympic champion come back without a fight. Before there could be any

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talk about his fourth Olympic gold medal, there was some street

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fighting to be done on home soil. You came into this Olympiad late,

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your plans were elsewhere. Yes, the America's Cup as the focus before

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and after the Olympics, but ultimately, that fell apart, which

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was sad, but I was able to get focused on the Olympics again.

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off-peak were you? Massively. I had not stepped in a boat for two years.

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In any sport, that is a huge amount of time. I was doing other sailing

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at, but in terms of being in the boat I was supposed to be racing,

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it was a lot of time away, so I was thirsty. -- I was thirsty.

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He knew he was of a Olympic pace, and was at the beginning of a

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journey to get back on it. He was beaten a year ago by one of the

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British sailors allowed to take his place, the ferociously talented

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Giles Scott, 10 years under, and Ben Ainslie finished off the podium

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in fourth place. -- 10 years younger.

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Proving that you can win in Weymouth is massive, because it is

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where the Olympics are. It is worth a lot.

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Exactly one year later, the Bible's met again here in Weymouth --

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rivals. The battle raged all week as each man pulled himself to the

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Ainslie is trying to squeeze around. Ben Ainslie has got to do a penalty

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turn. Scott can sail away, it is a real battle. All credit to Scott,

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he is not crumbling under the Scott was trailing it going into

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the final race, but he could still win. The winner would go into the

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Scot finishes right at the back. He is doing a perfect job. We have

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seen it so many times at the Olympic Games, so often it comes

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down to a head to head, and Ben Britain's best ever Olympic sailor

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had done what most assumed would be a foregone conclusion.

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There is an expectation that, whenever you step into a boat, it

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will be successful. That follows you around. How frustrating was it

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to have people start to doubt you? You always have your doubters.

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Again, it is in any sport, people are keen to knock people off their

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perch. It is tough when you have moved away from an arena weighty

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were dominant and you come back and that is not the case any more. It

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is hard work. A couple of times, I had to have a good think about how

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I would make that happen. We are a year away from the real thing, how

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off peak do you think you are? Right now, there is a lot I can

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improve on, physically, I am running around 85, 90%. Technically,

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we are always looking to improved. You have got to keep pushing

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forward and make the Games. What about the other gold medal

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winners? How have they fed in their attempt to get themselves back to

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the Olympic Games? In the Star class, the most technical of all

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classes, the British team have announced -- have an outstanding

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picture, the Germans crossed the line. The Britons have won the gold

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medal! Brilliant! Ben Ainslie, how close was at? I am speechless, that

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is the closest race I have ever There was never any doubt about

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this team from Beijing making the cut for the British team at the

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Olympic test event. Ben Ainslie has had a battle to

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qualify, but it has been different for you. We have got a good

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relationship with the young guys, but we work as a team, they are

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looking more to the future. With no other strong British

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competition, their place is secured. But since Paul Goodison came back

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from Beijing, he has been peddling hard to stay as Britain's number

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The simplicity provides the ultimate test of skill. Since

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Beijing, his progress has not been plain sailing. Last year, at the

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World Championships, he missed the podium. But another British sailor,

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Nick Thompson, finished second. Their rivalry as they battled for

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the one slot at the Games intensified.

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Quite competitive, we played golf, table tennis, pulled together. We

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do not like to let the other one win. That is quite intense.

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A month ago, Thompson was here at the regatta in Weymouth, where the

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first British sailor to finish would get the only slot in the

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Laser class at the test event and take a major step forward to

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selection for London 2012. The man on form was Nick Thompson. Halfway

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through, he was five places ahead You have beat the last Gold

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Medallist. How intense has it been? I have been training non-stop with

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Paul and other guys about trying to raise my game and get myself in a

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position that I'm able to go to the Olympics. Then Paul decided to

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carry on and so it makes it tough. But it has been good for both of us

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and pushed us on and made us both raise our game and realise to beat

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each other we must be one of the best in the world. He is a talented

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sailor. He has medalled at the World Championship. So we have a

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good relationship off the water. As the trials comes around, it gets

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more intense. You don't hang out with each other as much and you are

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fighting each other and the end of the day. Things started well for

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nick Thompson in the early part of week, carving out an impressive

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advantage. However half way through event, his fortunes changed. Wile

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Goodison found form and began to chase his younger rival.

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COMMENTATOR: This is Paul Goodison just ahead of the bunch. He rounds

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in fifth. Here is Nick Thompson. He is back in the bunch and he is

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struggling. A destiny this display secured his place in the Olympic

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team and left his friend and rival You probably had one of the toughst

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trials of any nationality. Yeah, it's not been easy, Nick is a

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fantastic sailor. He didn't quite keep it together. How are you

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feeling now? OK. Not great. You know? A bit frustrated really. If

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only I had done one of the days differently. It was all going well

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and then just one day sort of pushed me back and made it all

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tough and from then it was a case of trying to work through the fleet

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and that was a difficult thing to do. I read your tweet, where you

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said sorry to everyone. Yeah, I feel a bit disappointed in myself

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and how the week's gone and also I feel like I have let a few people

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down and the people who supported me. So, yeah, just... You know I

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feel a bit bad. Not great. For now his dream is all be over. But he

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has got the talent to continue the All three of our returning Gold

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Medallists from Beijing will be part of the British team. If any of

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them medal here there will be a guaranteed place for next year.

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Burr there are 450 sailors from 65 nations trying to stop the British.

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One of the strongest is the team from down uner -- down under.

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of your boys going to watch the Aussie's Kim the Poms'? Tfrpblgt

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British team is great. They have a lot of -- the British team it

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grease they have a lot. They have Ben Ainslie. We have a couple of

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strong guys. But we don't have as many people as they do. But we try

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to knock them off in our good classes. You beaten the Poms in

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your class? Of course. Are you got them. We have got them too. Don't

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threat beer and chips fool you. They may not look like it, but

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around this table are five of the best sailors in the world. One has

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been voted word sailor of the world. Unbeaten in the lacer class at

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Weymouth. -- laser class at Weymouth. The form team in the 49er.

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Then there is Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page in the 470. Ranked No

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1. This team are a formidable talent. It is always great to beat

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the Poms. There will be a rivalry, Australia loves beating England in

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anything. Sailing is no exception. Just how will the British team

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perform next year? This test event should give us a good indication.

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Can British sailors turn the waters they know well into solid gold?

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There will be over a hundred races and this is how an Olympic race

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works. The start is about being in the front row, having clean air. If

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you're in the turbulent air off another boat, it will slow you down.

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COMMENTATOR: The Polish team got the best start. They had clean air

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and they're off, heading up wind. When you're sailing up the first

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beat to the first mark, you're looking for wind to see if that's

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changing. You're thinking about the current and the opposition. Sailors

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that went to the right hand side are coming across, who got their

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tactics right. Ben Ainslie leading the flaet here. When you come

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around the top mark, you're bearing away and the wind's generally

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directly behind you. Ainslie bears away. Big waves. He will look to

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surf down these and catch a wave. We saw him in the last race in five

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or six place on each downwind leg. He is pumping away on the sail.

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you're in the lead, it's about keeping clean air on the downwind

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leg to keep the speed on the upwind leg it is about the strategy of

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what side of course you are favoured. You try to manipulate the

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opposition to come with you and keep yourself between the

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opposition and the next mark to defend that lead. That is a perfect

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When Ben Ainslie enters an competition there is an ashumion

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that he will win. -- asup sum -- there is an assumption he will win.

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Look at this a minute after the start and he is pulling away again.

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Coming up to the top mark. Some of Coming up to the top mark. Some of

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the windiest conditions. He will round this in first place. For Paul

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Goodison, there was plenty to think about as they approached the half

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way stage. First his Australian rival was in Silver Medal position

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and looking forward not back. Goodison was trapped in the middle

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of the biggest fleet at the event. COMMENTATOR: It is very crowded.

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Colin Chang will sail around. He has fallen out. Paul Goodison is

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behind him. I can see him. Goodison is out of trouble. He is fifth at

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the moment. He is chasing now, leading the race. In the star class

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it wasn't Australia that was leading, but Robert Scheidt from

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Brazil. The British team having problems with their boat. They have

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had major gear failure. They're getting a new boat after this. But

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they will need a good second half of the week to get a medal. So at

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the half way stage, two Beijing Gold Medal is struggling to get

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anywhere. For ains sli leading in the finn class. -- - for Ben

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Ainslie leading in finn class. In the last Three games, British women

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have won four medals in sailing and I'm proud to say, I played my part.

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My team was labelled three blondes in a boat when we won gold in

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Athens. My No 2 led her team of blondes to success in China. But

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three blondes in a boat will not win gold in London 2012. Three

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bruen ets? Now they just might. Women's racing is in the only

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three-person boat. The Elliott 6 metre. They enter this dress

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rehearsal as world No 1. But they're playing a different kind of

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game too the others. Unlike the rest of the Olympic sailing, match

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racing is a dual on water. It is a women only competition in the games.

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But elsewhere, men compete and it gets very heated. I know this crew,

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or rather two of them well. Lucy and any -- Annie sailed with me for

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two years. It feels very odd, Lucy steering. Why? Get at the front.

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The game they play can be compared to a bare fist fight on the water.

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It this a intense. A million miles from this. When we sailed, I was

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the aggressive one and you were the quiet one. What is it like now? I

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should ask them. I think I'm still the quiet one in many respects. But

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it is intense. You know it is not about shouting all the time, but

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being intense at the right moment and getting the job done.

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remember Annie said you would come sailing us with, she was like, we

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have no one to sail w Lucy's bringing her sister. Now you're

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brilliant on the boat. We used to sail together when we were younger.

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But I never thought that this would happen. Two years ago if people

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asked me if I might have a chance of going to 2012, I was like, no.

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I'm far too young. Too inexperienced. This time last year

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I got to sail with Lucy and Annie. I couldn't really say No so I took

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it up. It is the first time two sisters have competed at this level

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and with the experience of Annie Lush, three girls in a boat have

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the potential to make headlines. COMMENTATOR: The wish world No 1

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are on the attack. Goes for her rival. This is just before the

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start. The British team are hounding their opponents. The team

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had their moments. It is advantage Britain, Lucy McGregor with a lead.

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She will be pleased with that. this was a bad week for the team.

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The Australians have the British team just where they want them.

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McGregor's on the attack again, but no no avail. That says it all. The

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world No 1 have finished seventh here and that is a shock. Bitter

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disappointment for the team that the form guide placed as favourites.

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They have won year to raise their game. -- one year to raise their

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game. Charlotte Dobbson is the British hopeful in the lacer. It

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has a smaller sail, designed for lighter weight crew. I was with her

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at home just two miles from the venue as she packed before moving

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in with the squad. I like the way you have the short wet suit and two

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bobble hats. Yes exactly. She is a new girl and about to join some of

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her heroes. Does it feel like a big deal? It is the first time you have

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been part of the select few? Yes it does feel a bit strange. I'm quite

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excited about tonight, going into the team and it will be the first

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time we're sitting having dinner together. It could be the Olympic

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team. That is exciting. I'm trying hard not to think about that too

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much. I'm too nervous. Here we go. It is a good job you're not flying.

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Yes there would be the biggest excess bill. You have even got your

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Irn Bru. You can take the girl out of Scotland! This takes me back to

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my first games. Like Charlotte, I was sailing alone and like her, I

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had a mixture of apprehension and excitement. The drive to the hotel

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may only be two miles, but it is a journey that may decide if she will

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compete in London 2012. This is it. I'm going to have to leave you here.

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Here we go. It is a massive achievement to get into this event,

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but the pressure is now to qualify This is where it all begins. Yes!

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Dobson trying to squeeze into the gap. That will be a penalty turn.

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She will not get a medal this week. I am sure the Olympic selection

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will go beyond the test event, and I am sure Charlotte Dobson will be

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Bryony Shaw knows the Olympic world inside out. Her domain is the RS:X

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windsurfing, the class that requires greater physical fitness

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than any other. Since she made history in Beijing, she has not

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fifth medal for Great Britain on the waters, but the first British

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Since then, she has been winning on the road. She is in a class of her

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own, and while her selection is not official, the bronze medal she won

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at the test event should seal her there is potential for an upgrade

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She is not the only British wind surfer in with a shout at their

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medal next year. Nick Dempsey as well. Going into the last race in

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Beijing, he was one of four that could secured a gold medal. Sarah

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Ayton, his fiancee, went out to but this race is going horribly

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wrong. Nick Dempsey went out in the silver medal position, with the

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prospect of a gold medal, but he is not looking at Silver, gold or even

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bronze. The Frenchman has finished ahead of him, and that means Nick

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Dempsey will finish fourth. He will Finishing fourth only rubbed salt

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into the wind. -- wind. My heart is breaking for you, I have been in

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that position before, it is the worst position to finish in. Yes,

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it was always come to be close, -- going to be close, it was tight, we

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only had one lap, so it made it difficult. Not quite a day. --

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today. I get goose bumps, thinking about

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it, because it was an awful race. Huge excitement to see him going

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into that, and to finish fourth, it was the worst thing ever. It took a

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But that was four years ago, and he is determined not to lose out on

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the top spot this time around. In those three years since Beijing, he

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has been a man with one finger on his mind. All of his energy and

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determination has been focused on becoming the best in the world,

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competing at one of the most demanding sports in the event, his

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fitness levels are unsurpassed. Every action is designed to secure

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the gold medal he did -- he believes he deserves.

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I love windsurfing, there is nothing better than that,

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especially when you are racing, you are all close, the adrenalin is

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going, knowing you can wipe out at any time. Is it the speed you love?

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Yes, you get used to it, but you still love it. One of the sailors

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of it now, they all trained hard. - - all of the sailors. I think back

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to Sydney, boy you fitter than you were then? I am so much fitter than

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I was. I was 20. I was a windsurfer, it was their core support, and

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being a professional athlete was not called. -- cool. I loved it. I

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still love it. But it is very different to what I do today.

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Dinghy sailing did not have the St street-cred! When I was 12 and I

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saw them out there, they were the nerds! You can tell your wife but!

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I do! When he started handing out at the

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beach, he could never have expected it would lead to a life dominated

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by routine, commitment and focus. As the years go by, reality hits

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home that, if you want to win, you have to be the best athlete, you

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have to be professional, you have to do everything right. That is

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where I have changed as a person. I am a professional athlete. I am

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It is halfway through his tested and, and he is in second place. --

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his Test event. Watching him is his wife and his son.

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Come on, Daddy! As a former Olympian, she is more

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used to competing than watching it, and she was on target for London,

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but she withdrew. It was a tough decision. There are

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still times when I think, have I made the right decision? Especially

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in this environment, where life has been about the Olympics, and that

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is every four years, so to not be a part of that is tough. But I have

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got my son Thomas to look after, and I watched the racing today, and

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it is my job to support a Nick, to make sure he is well rested and

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well-fed, and he can deliver his best performance. I need to be the

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best wife as opposed to the best sailor.

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While her decision is undoubtedly good for her husband, it was not

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such good news for Saskia Clark, her partner. For her, it meant she

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was suddenly left without a team mate.

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Already, the campaign has been a roller-coaster. This, it was not

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planned like that. I was teamed with Sarah Ayton, but she made the

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call that she could not balance the pressures, and her family life was

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more important, so I had a big decision, and I quickly made the

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call to give her a drink. -- her a wind. That was our biggest worry,

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from my side, I always knew that we could be really good, it was just

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how quickly it could come together. Luckily, it came together Justin

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Time. The team that have only been

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together for six months head into the final day of the Olympic test

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event with a shot at the gold medal. This is where it will happen

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tomorrow. We are tied with the Japanese, effectively. There will

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be a lot of nerves. She thrives on that! Are to be here now, a

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guaranteed medal, we are desperate to make that a gold medal, but

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would be great. -- that would be winner-takes-all. -- Great Britain.

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Saskia Clark bouncing on the trapeze. The Japanese boat has

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slowed down. The British have definitely gained. Five or six

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metres between the boats. Somebody squeezing between them. Can the

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British team overtake the Japanese? Big boat link between them. --

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length of a boat between them. This is the moment. Will they overtake?

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200 metres left to the next mark. Japan get a surge of speed. Ai

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Kondo and Wakako Tabata. The British team or through? Almost.

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They are just ahead. Right now, Great Britain or in gold. Can the

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Japanese team get an overlap? If they can, the British team would be

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in second. The Japanese will round up first. But no ground the mark

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first. The pendulum has swung in favour of Japan. That is the gold

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medal for Japan. That is 15 metres between gold and silver. Silver for

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the British team, they will be disappointed, but that is still a

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very impressive performance. The Japanese team celebrating their

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It was so close, nail-biting. Unit frustrated. Yes, pretty frustrated.

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We really wanted to win. We thought we did a pretty good race, we were

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always closing them down, but we did not get the last shift into the

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mark. We had a bit too much to do. A bit gutted. Think way you were a

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few months ago, silver medal here, you will be happy with that. When

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it sinks in, we will be happy, but at the moment, we think we lost the

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gold medal. But we will get some perspective, we have had a good

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week, the conditions have been windy, I am sure we will be happy

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in a few days, may be! The fastest of all of the Olympic

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Assailed by two people, if either one puts a foot wrong, they will be

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swimming. In the Olympics, even the best in the world could not cope

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French team leading the race have capsized, and the Germans are going

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as well! France and Germany on One nation is stronger than any

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other, Great Britain. Five teams are in the world top 10, but four

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will miss out on competing in their home games. Wind the clock back a

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month, and the battle for the one place at the test event took place.

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In the fight was a team from Bevan, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. --

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from Devon. Amongst their competitors, a man who went to the

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Olympics in 1992 and who has not been back since. The partnership

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Four weeks later, they arrive in Weymouth for the test event, with a

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surprising new addition to their team.

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A few weeks ago, Paul Brotherton was one of their greatest rivals,

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but now, he is their right hand man. Back down. We will see a fall of

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the hard work has paid off. -- all of the hard work.

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It is hard to think that you were trying to get selection for the

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test event for weeks ago. It is an odd sensation. I was as keen as

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anybody to win the event, I put everything I could into what, but I

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was also pretty happy to except -- to accept that we finished sixth.

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That is a long way from first. The Olympic Games is all about coming

:43:39.:43:49.
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I love it. I enjoy the coaching. I can't deny that my results are

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better as a coach than as a competitor. What did he say when

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you phoned him up? He said I'm out of work, could you fix me up with a

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job! No, he said things had changed. It is special to have somebody

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coaching us who was a top level performer. Back to full off again.

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How good is their boat handling? think it is excellent. I have seen

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that from both sides, from racing them and obviously watching them

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since. But as the breeze increases, it gets to above 18 knots and they

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calm it down and draw strength from seeing everyone else struggle. From

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a coaching view that is great. They sail the poet well. The team may

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have had a smart plan to turn a rival into a team member, but

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needed a good result. Amongst these they were looking to beat was the

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Australian double act. And there Australian double act. And there

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was an encouraging start. COMMENTATOR: 15 races and that is a

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great start no race No 6. Stevie Morrisson, Ben Rhodes from Britain,

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they have spent a short amount of time with their new coach, Paul

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Brotherton and they're starting well here. A familiar head-to-head

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at the top mark. Australia against Great Britain and it is advantage

:45:32.:45:38.

Great Britain. An aggressive turn there by Morrisson. Ben Rhodes goes

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to put the sail up. When that is up, you will see a tweet on the helm

:45:43.:45:49.

and watch this boat take off. The Australians now about 150 metres

:45:49.:45:59.
:45:59.:46:03.

behind. The 470 is raced by both behind. The 470 is raced by both

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men and women at the game. Two year ago, Britain's Nick Rogers had no

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intention of being at the Test event. A veteran of three Olympics,

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he knows about the agony of finishing fourth. That was in

:46:18.:46:28.
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Sydney. Then in Athens, he won silver. And did it again in pay

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jing. Then his medal winning crew retired and he followed soon after.

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Until he changed his mind. He teamed up with Chris Grew, Twiggy,

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but me needed a family loan to keep afloat. A totally different

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pressure. I mean sleepless nights. Immense pressure. It is so

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different to the racing. It has been really hard this year. Twiggy

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and I have have worked and worked. They have had to, because world

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class British teams were already battling for selection. On the

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water we just nailed the job and -- know the job and that is

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concentrate on the things that make the boat go faster. You must really

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want this? Yeah. Yeah a lot. It is everything I have ever dreamed of

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doing. And I don't want to just go. That is not goal. If we can qualify,

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I believe that would buy us more time and make an enormous

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difference. I believe with that time we can put a team together

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which can win a gold. That is what you're trying to do. A month ago

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and against the odds, head to beat Luke Patience and his partner to

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win selection for the Test event. The man who came out of retirement

:48:01.:48:06.

steered the pair home. Leaving stunned rivals in their wake. Pay

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back for sleepless nights, the first return on the investment made.

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In the last three years it has been up and down and I'm just over the

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moon and the team and what we have achieved. It is a great step ford e

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forward. We go to pr pre--- step forward to the future and we go to

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pre-Olympics. Attest events they qualified for the final and were in

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contention for a medal. contention for a medal.

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COMMENTATOR: they could Britain bronze, but Israel and Japan could

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stop them. The advantage is with Israel. It is no looking good for a

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medal for Nick Rogers. In the final, their hopes faded. They finished

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fourth. Their place at London 2012 may not be guaranteed, but they are

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may not be guaranteed, but they are no longer on the outside looking

:49:07.:49:14.

in.. We're disappointed. It was so close. We were welcome back a -- we

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were within a grasp of a medal. It is not to do it as yourself, that

:49:20.:49:25.

is pushing water uphill. We're on a short leash. We couldn't survive

:49:25.:49:34.

another week. Not like that. team from Devon, Stevie Morrisson

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and Ben Rhodes spent the week in the 49er just outside the top three.

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They went into the final fighting for medal. Beat New Zealand and

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bronze would be the prize. That would be a good start for their

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life with new coach Paul Brother tob. -- Paul Brotherton. But

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Australia won gold and the Kiwis beat the British into fourth.

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Frustrated. It is an important event. We have learned a lot. We're

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not far away, but we're not there. The skill's there, the talent's

:50:15.:50:20.

there. But there is something missing at the moment. The

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performance this week is not good enough and there is only one reason

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I'm here and that is to win a gold. Fourth of fifth. I'm confident I

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could do that myself. So far the British medal haul is one silver

:50:34.:50:40.

and one bronze. The target the team set itself is four medals. So a bit

:50:40.:50:50.
:50:50.:51:12.

to do and time to wheel out some Lacer medal race, Paul good sop,

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fourth at the moment. -- goodson, fourth at the moment. -- goodson,

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fourth at the moment. Got to sail himself and see what happens behind

:51:20.:51:28.

him to Holland, New Zealand and Australia. He can't do more than

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that. Paul Goodison around the first mark leading. Holland behind

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and then Australia. Goodison heading for the finish. It is

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cumulative points. If he wins this, that will give him bronze. Goodison

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wince bronze, but it is another wince bronze, but it is another

:51:53.:51:58.

gold for Australia. In the star class, the British needed to beat

:51:58.:52:02.

Ireland and Poland in the final race. Someone was looking down on

:52:02.:52:12.
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them. COMMENTATOR: Surely silver for the British. So four medals for

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Britain. Target reached. But no golds. Not yet. Nick Dempsey was on

:52:19.:52:23.

the right road. After disappointment of fourth in Beijing,

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winning gold in 2012 in the place where he lives is the driving force

:52:28.:52:38.
:52:38.:52:43.

of every single day. COMMENTATOR: Top top there will be celebrations

:52:43.:52:49.

if Dempsey can beat the Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge. The plan

:52:49.:52:54.

is to sail his Dutch rival to the back of the fleet and then for

:52:54.:52:58.

back of the fleet and then for Britain's No 1 to go on a charge.

:52:58.:53:04.

At the moment it is working. Dempsey is launched. The dumpman is

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right at the back and it is gold at the moment for Britain. Oh demp

:53:09.:53:14.

circumstances he is turning around. He won't like what he says, because

:53:14.:53:24.
:53:24.:53:29.

his Dutch rival, I'm counting up the places has overtaken Greece, he

:53:29.:53:39.
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It will be tight next year and it is a case of moving on and making

:54:10.:54:16.

sure I'm 100%. Five medals won for Britain. Still no gold. Enter a man

:54:16.:54:26.

who has made an impression in the Olympic world. Ben Ainslie. He has

:54:26.:54:32.

achieved everything there is to achieve many times over. And in the

:54:32.:54:37.

nature of sailing you can only compete in one event. Ben deserves

:54:37.:54:44.

every honour there is to give him already. Without competing at

:54:44.:54:54.
:54:54.:54:56.

London. To me, he is the ultimate sportsman. COMMENTATOR: Ben Ainslie

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has a huge points advantage as the has a huge points advantage as the

:55:00.:55:06.

gun goes. All he has to do is complete this race and he is

:55:06.:55:12.

guaranteed gold. The only British gold in the British test event. A

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year ago he came back to the finn after a two year absence, by his

:55:17.:55:20.

own admission off the Olympic pace. But that has changed. He qualified

:55:21.:55:25.

for is in and against international competition the best in the world,

:55:25.:55:32.

he is about to overtake the best in the world. Well there is the

:55:32.:55:37.

example. Ainslie is simply in a different league. British

:55:37.:55:42.

supporters have had to wait until the final moments of the final race

:55:42.:55:47.

here at the test event, but this is here at the test event, but this is

:55:47.:55:51.

it. Gold for Ben Ainslie. looked relieved when it was all

:55:51.:55:55.

over. It has been been one big summer? Yes it has been a big

:55:55.:56:04.

summer A lot at stake. But that was hard work and so I was happy to get

:56:04.:56:08.

across the line and have a breather. Talking about selection, what do

:56:08.:56:13.

you think now? Well I don't know, it is up to the selection committee.

:56:13.:56:18.

It is their decision. I guess I ticked all the boxes, so they will

:56:18.:56:22.

have to think up some good reasons not to send me to the Olympics. But

:56:22.:56:32.
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I will have to think what they might be. He delivered gold in

:56:33.:56:39.

style and again Britain's greatest Olympic sailor is the star of the

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show. So the dry run for the Olympics is complete. 460 sailors

:56:47.:56:55.

from 66 nations have put the venue through its paces. We have seen the

:56:55.:56:59.

16 person British sailing team compete for all ten Gold Medals

:56:59.:57:09.
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here. An impressive medal haul but not the colours you were hoping for.

:57:09.:57:14.

We have medals in six events. We have some work to do. But it is a

:57:14.:57:19.

great position to be in with eleven months to go. There has been much

:57:19.:57:26.

to celebrate and whet the appetite for the supporters. And once again

:57:26.:57:33.

British sailor s who failed to make the medals are in the minority.

:57:33.:57:37.

Disappointing week really. Always a bit difficult going to ceremony,

:57:37.:57:41.

seeing your opponents up there. We think we have the capability of

:57:41.:57:46.

winning gold in a year's time. But we know there is a lot of hard work

:57:46.:57:53.

to come before then. The team manager is right, it is harder than

:57:53.:57:57.

ever. Britain won the most medals hoor but Holland and Australia won

:57:57.:58:01.

more -- here but Holland and Australia won more golds. But I

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believe here in 12 months we will be one of British medal hotspots of

:58:09.:58:19.

2012. Tune in tomorrow as we look at how the preparations have been

:58:19.:58:23.

going at some of the other test events taking place in London. We

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Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson presents highlights from the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, which is doubling up as the London 2012 test event.

The British team enjoyed a memorable Olympics in Beijing and are aiming to replicate those high standards again in 12 months time. Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie is among those in action as over 380 sailors from more than 60 nations get their appetites whetted for Olympic glory next summer.


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