Highlights Sailing: World Championships


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Two years out from the Rio 2016 Olympics, BBC Sport meets some of the sailors charged with stepping into the shoes of the likes of four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie.


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Every four years sailing's elite converge in the World Championship

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for all the Olympic Classics. It is just two years since the next games

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and Santander's read about mantic coast is where 2000 of the worlds

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best sailors have gathered. World champions will be crowned in all ten

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Olympic disciplines and success here is white or for anyone hoping for

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medals in the 2016 Rio games. -- vital. For 12 glorious years Great

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Britain ruled the waves in Olympic sailing but at London 2012 that

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Dynasty suffered the indignity of losing its crown on home waters.

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Many of the old guard have moved on and Team GB has fresh faces hoping

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to write their own history. And it is here in Santander at the world

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sailing Championships that we will see whether re-gaining pole position

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is a reality or fantasy for Team GB. I have been joined by two former

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stall wards of that great British Olympic team, to discuss where the

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team is and who we can expect to shine. Iain Percy has two Olympic

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gold medals and a silver on his sailing CB. Paul Goodison won gold

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in 2008 in the laser. So there is plenty of Olympic bling in the room.

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With two years to go until Rio you can look at Santander and think it

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is not important, but when you speak to the sailors it seems crucial. It

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is one of the best competition is one of the best think people

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therefore take it seriously. Everyone tries to be on their games

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so it is a real form guide. In that sense you know if you are doing well

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at this event you are a player and if you're not you have work to do.

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It is the start for the British sailors of the selection trials for

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that one Coveted Place at the games, and it is also about funding, there

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is pressure not just in terms of being the world champion but the

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next two years. But I think that is a good pressure. You put yourself

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under pressure to perform which is exactly how the Olympics is. I guess

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it is a good test stop to ultimately we will lose people as well as

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select them. It is sad but part of the process. There were ten

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different disciplines at the Olympics but only one vote per class

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from each country can go to the games, so the competition to be

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selected can be cut-throat. The Finn has been raised at the summer

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Olympics since 1952 -- raced, but it is still a purist favourite, Compper

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and tough. I have always said it is my favourite boat. On a windy day

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you are literally on a surfboard. On another day you are on a technical

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board, trying to maximise performance of the sails and mast,

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and it is pretty brutal. People say the hardest bit is beating the boat

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itself because you need to be so strong. If you don't have that

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physicality, it beats you. Thanks to the likes of Iain Percy and the most

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successful Olympic sailor ever, Sir Ben -- Sir Ben Ainslie, this medal

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has been in British hands since 2000. And there is a young man in

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Santander who was good enough for gold at London 2012 had he not lived

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in the shadow of Sir Ben Ainslie. Now at these World Championships

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Giles Scott is looking to confirm his credentials for Rio. Why do you

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think you are so good at sailing, particularly in the Finn? I don't

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know, I can't say I have thought about it much. I suppose physically

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I am suited pretty well to it. It is a natural fit for me in that way.

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Other than that, I have worked pretty hard at it over the last five

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years. I suppose sailing is a little like gambling in a way. You are

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managing risk the whole time. Over the years I have developed a skill

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at managing risk slightly better. I know I am doing something right at

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the moment and I will try to continue to do that. Although Ben

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Ainslie made the headlines, Giles Rankine plays in the London

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selection trials and narrowly missed being selected himself -- ran him

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close in the selection trials. What have you learned from Ben Ainslie?

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In a lot of ways I was very fortunate to race against him so

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closely. From that, I picked up and learned a great deal, just from the

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ways he ran campaigns, to the attitude he took to sailing. There

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was a great deal I have learned from him. Maybe I taught a few things, I

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don't know! You are a firm favourite for the World Championships, how

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does that affect you? I am just going to embrace it, I think. I

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think you need to do that if you want to continue winning streak. Do

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you have a weakness? I don't know. I try not to think about my weaknesses

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a few days out from all World Championships! Giles Scott is

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probably our only dead cert in the British team, you could put your

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mortgage on him winning. For sure he has been the one performer, pretty

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much, at a regatta he goes to, he is winning and close to winning --

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every regatta. In Rio in the pre-Olympics he won every race which

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is something to behold. Talk about his attitude. He doesn't get fazed.

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He always puts on a good show. In sailor you need to be -- sailing you

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need to perform through many conditions and fight back from tough

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races. He has that mentality, he just keeps pushing. I know him well

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and when he goes into a vent he goes on to win, then he comes home and I

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think he does a good job of switching off am playing golf,

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stepping away. Maybe that is what gives him the intensity when he is

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at a regatta to perform, which he has done so well this year. What is

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he like on a golf course, is he like Ben Ainslie, as to win everything?

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He might want to win but he doesn't! LAUGHTER. He is amusing on the golf

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course. The fact that he is six foot six makes him look amusing and his

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swing is worse than mine. Giles is out of the blocks fast and

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right from the off he sets the pace in the Finn class. In the first race

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of the regatta he beats both the silver and bronze 2012 medallists.

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It set the trend which sees him when the first five races and answered. I

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have had a pretty good day, came away with three firsts, which I am

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happy with. We had 25 knots for the first two races, then for the last

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one and it got as low as maybe three knots as the wind began to die

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completely. It switched through 180 degrees so it made for very

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difficult racing. In contrast to the vintage Finn,

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there is a radical new lightweight catamaran, the Nacra 17, the latest

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addition to the Olympic fleet. It is a controversial new development.

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Mixed six sailing and high-speed knife edge action, and it is

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rattling a few experienced sailors. It is fast. Right on the edge.

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Terrifying. Out of control. Exciting. Paying. Yellow dangerous.

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It is a wicked boat but it can be dangerous at times. Hannah has been

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on crutches twice, I think. There are lots of combinations in

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the Nacra 17 people are sailing with buoy helms and girl helms like we

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are, and both boats go just as fast. We are racing really had out on the

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water. We have big competition with the French and Australians, they can

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be really competitive. We have three or four British boats that could

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definitely be up there on their days so it is wide open, one of the

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classes any number of boats could win. When we jumped into the boat on

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a windy day, it is fast and scary -- when we jump into it. We have to

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work completely together, if one of us doesn't trust or commit

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completely to the other one it will have a spectacular capsize or an

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injury. The Nacra 17 is new for Rio, a major step up. In a way it is the

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most exciting boat in the repertoire now. It is amazing for me to see a

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mixed crew competing together. I never thought it would happen, and

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it seems to be working. Surprising that a lot of the crews have stayed

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together longer than we would have thought initially. Wide EU say that?

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We always thought it wouldn't quite work spending your time on the road

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with your sailing partner. Why? He is digging himself a whole! LAUGHTER

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. Jot don't judge everyone by your own values! They are professional

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athletes. If you mention that to the crews out there it will be the last

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thing they would think about because they spend seven much time together.

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It is a good boat, and catamaran is back in the Olympics, I always

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thought that was an important part of our sport. Are you surprised by

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how hard they are finding it to sails got -- sail, lots of crashes

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and cap signed capsizing and a lot of injuries. You are coming off and

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hitting hard things that speed and that is never good for your body.

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Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport since 1984, but that RS:X

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didn't become the boat of choice until Beijing 2008. Britain has two

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medal hopes in this class and both Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey will

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hope for strong performances in Santander to secure their place in

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the British team. Bryony and Nick both represented their country at

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London 2012, but with contrasting results. I challenged Nick to a

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quick nine holes during a brief quiet moment before he left a

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Santander. Just to there? Yes. Not very far, is it? It is not. What is

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your top tip? Keep your eye on the ball, head still. Well... More of a

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hockey swing, I think. That's all right. Beat that!

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Can't catch that right. LAUGHTER. There can't be that much more to get

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better, the incremental improvements are tiny, and they? You would think

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so. Certainly they are starting to... I have this nailed, but when

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someone else comes along and they update and change something, a few

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people have done that this year, and it has been really hard adapting to

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new techniques, but techniques that are definitely better and proven to

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be faster. How are you in the bunker, is it your speciality? This

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is more like gravel, but normally I am pretty good. It is Weymouth

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gravel. Yes. We are not on form, are we? What is wrong with that? Oh... .

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This is just a practice hold. You took time away, was it as a prize

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when you came back and saw whether Barr was? Yes it was a surprise. In

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the past I have been able to have a couple of months off and come back

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on board and be competitive again, maybe not the best, but... Never

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before have I come off the board and back on and gone, oh, wow, OK. I

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need to really think about this, I need to do this properly. Is it an

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age thing do you think? That is the question I ask myself. LAUGHTER. You

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forgot I used to be competitive, Nick. Oh! Cracked under pressure.

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Excuse me, I will just come in. You have still got it. I can beat and

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non-golfer, yes. LAUGHTER. That is all I have got. You have no fun food

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in the house. Rice cakes, fruit, fruit tea, it is just... It is

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boring, isn't it? Decaffeinated tea. How many years have you been

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eating rice cakes? Not enough, I would say. I have done too many

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years of eating cakes! The 2012 Olympics marked the high point in an

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already illustrious career. Nick sailed a superb series to win a

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silver medal in front of a rapturous crowd. Because Weymouth was such a

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perfect ending, I always remember you running up and grabbing Thomas,

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it was such a great moment, it just felt it was your place and your

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time. I wondered how much thought it required to come back, and why, I

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suppose. It was hard to come back. I found myself needing destruction in

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life. Yellow mac -- distractions. LAUGHTER. Sadly, just after the

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games, Nick and his wife split up and his two small children now live

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several hours away. Most people imagine the life of a windsurfer,

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you are hanging out on the beach and occasionally you go to the gym, but

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just perhaps described your life. It is... A reasonable amount of

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windsurfing, reasonable amount of training at the gym, on the bike,

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fitness staff, a ridiculous amount of travelling, and a lot of people

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pulling on my time constantly. You have this windsurfing life, I have

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my two boys, a girlfriend, it is kind of... It is always just a

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balance. Generally my time off is with the boys. I wouldn't call it

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relaxing time, I would call it good times, but certainly not relaxing.

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But it is I suppose my happiest. How important is the result in

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Santander? I need to do very well, you have to be top three to stay on

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the top level of funding, which is a must to live, so I think I will be

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in reasonable shape, and I think I will be racing somewhere near the

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front. But it is going to be tough. It is quite tough to watch him, we

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all know pretty well he is not necessarily in the best place. No,

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it is a tough time for him. But maybe the windsurfing can be a

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release, something he can focus on. I guess channel his energy into.

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Let's hope he can step it up and get a good result in Santander, because

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I think it is really important for his confidence, and with his hopes

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for a medal in Rio. The first half of the World Championships throws up

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unpredictable conditions and Nick struggles to make anything like

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winning form. In every race I was doing OK and each time came unstuck

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at windward mark. So not the best day. Certainly probably lost any

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chance of winning. Bryony Shaw is Britain's best female windsurfer and

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knows how it feels to stand on an Olympic podium. I had a quick chat

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with her at her parents house to find out how her build-up to the

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World Championships in Santander was going. I need to step up and make

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sure my mindset is there. I think we have done a fantastic preparation,

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so it is those fine details at the end of the day. My miniature goal is

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on my mindset and making sure I am focused and fired up for that event.

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How do you do that? LAUGHTER. Well... I think it is about routine,

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it is about balance, it will be a long regatta. So very much trying to

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make sure I am enjoying the racing and being happy Bryony on the water.

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And then... You know, being able to... Yes, see my boyfriend and my

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friends, and make sure that is not too much of a distraction, and

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hopefully it is... Happy Bryony will be successful Bryony. LAUGHTER.

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Bryony Shaw was tipped for a medal in London and it all didn't quite

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work out. She is another one I am surprised by how motivated she is,

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to go again and right the wrongs. I think she is one of those people who

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almost had a hangover from her medal before. Certainly for me, after the

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Olympics in 2000, it came a little easy, won the gold there and you

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somehow I believe it comes from talent alone -- somehow believe. I

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am not saying she didn't put in work, you have two, but I think she

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has woken up from that and realised you can leave no stone unturned, you

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have to do everything you can. I saw her recently, she looks back in

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great shape physically and she is definitely a medal contender for us.

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You learn a lot when it doesn't work out. I remember in Atlanta finishing

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fourth, I just had a different perspective on life and sailing

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after that. Motivations. A hell of a motivation. It has changed me

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massively as a person. Maybe I am more boring, I think, but I would

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not go into a competition of that importance, to me and my team,

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knowing I could have done more. She is loving her life at the moment,

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she has a new boyfriend, she is so excited about life and loving her

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windsurfing. It sounds great. LAUGHTER. When she is in frame of

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mind she is almost unstoppable, isn't she? She thrives off her own

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self-confidence and at the moment she is smiling, beaming, so I think

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she will do well in Santander. Midway through the World

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Championships, we join Bryony at her prerace morning ritual. This is a

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way to get me into a better, less panicky morning, I guess, so I feel

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like I have enough time to get everything that needs to be done

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done. It is something new to be integrated, but hopefully I buy into

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it and it is really helping my racing. Briny is expected to do well

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here and is obviously feeling the pressure. I had a windy day

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yesterday, and just a couple of mistakes cream creeping in, and

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every mistake -- mistakes creeping in. I will try to keep a clear head

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and chip away points where I can. I have been working on everything

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physically and mentally, so it is all work in progress. Is ongoing,

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and mental strength is always ongoing. I am potentially going for

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my third Olympic Games now, and all the highs and lows of going through

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all of that. The 470 is a tactical two-handed

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Dinky, and at the last Olympics Britain one two silver medals in the

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class -- Dinky. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won the women's medal,

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and Luke Patience and Stuart Biffle took the men's. I met up with Luke

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Patience in a sunny Weymouth. He is confident at the next Olympics he

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will upgrade silver to gold. I remember I spent two weeks in front

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of the TV watching the 96 Olympics, just a possessed, and Ira member the

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feeling I would have watching these athletes go up on the podium, or

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not, you know? The raw emotion you would see as they were in tears or

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joy -- of joy or sadness. That was me hoped, done. I was like, that is

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what I'm doing with my life. Quite a young team, this. We have had some

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of the old guard leave us, Ben Ainslie has gone, Iain Percy has

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gone, and do Simpson tragically died last year, Paul Goodison has gone --

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and resumes on. These are some long-time gold medallists who have

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gone -- Andrew Simpson. We are a young bunch which is cool, bringing

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youth and enthusiasm into it. Am quite an energetic highly strong

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lad. I do well to sail with a partner who is quite grounded,

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calm, logical and predictable, maybe you could say. Because I am the

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opposite. Just five months ago, Luke teamed up with two-time world

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champion Elliot with -- Elliot Willis. Santander will be a proving

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ground for the pairing. Away from sailing, road biking clears my mind.

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It is the few habits that clears space, away from the whole circus

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and the scene. I enjoy the technical aspect of it a lot, things like

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power pedals. A chance to look down at some numbers. I see a different

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way of technically switching off, but also, I guess, it applies to the

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sailing as well, a very strong technical aspect, I guess I am

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mildly OCD about it. Nick and I, despite being different characters,

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have always been good mates. We complement each other quite well,

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especially in the boat. There are moments when the tempo needs to be

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brought up, and he is good at that. There are other points, critical

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parts where the tempo needs to be settled, and I think that is where I

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come in. We are still a way out from the Olympics, but at the moment it

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looks like we are in a head-to-head battle with the Australians. What

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are we thinking, go at this one? Probably a bit risky for falling. I

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have slid down this piece of rock before, I will not lie to you. My

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fingers are still tingling at the thought. LAUGHTER. He has an amazing

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ability to bring out the best in people he works with. I have never

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known anybody who operates, we talk about a note blame culture but Luke

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lives that -- no blame culture. If anything happens in the environment

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which is not perfect, use all about, let's move on. That is such a

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refreshing place to be. All the gear on. I like climbing because it

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scares me. Life is to secure sometimes. I want to get some

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concentration here. Easy, lovely hold there. I have spent my whole

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life in the sea, surfing, windsurfing and sailing. I am good

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at sailing about fast, simple as that, having that feel and

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understanding of what the boat once at any given moment -- sailing a

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boat fast. I pride myself on being good at that. I know that can sound

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arrogant, but it is not. At the end of the day, you have to be aware of

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your strengths as much as your weaknesses. If you don't know what

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you are good at, then I don't know what place you have in sport. Brazil

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gold medal, Rio 2016, is the goal, it is absolutely the goal. When you

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ask me in two years how confident I am of a gold medal, in the first

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race of the and pics, I will say "I am completely confident". -- first

:25:39.:25:44.

race of the Olympics. I remember interviewing Luke before 2012, and

:25:45.:25:48.

being quite surprised by his confidence, and just watching him in

:25:49.:25:51.

the film, his confidence, if anything, has grown. It is a brush

:25:52.:25:58.

of fresh air. -- breath of fresh air. Luke is the different one in

:25:59.:26:05.

the team, he craves the attention, he loves the media and being the

:26:06.:26:09.

centre of attention. I guess you cannot knock it, and that enthusiasm

:26:10.:26:14.

and confidence helps drive their results. He must have realised over

:26:15.:26:20.

the years that going in and telling people how to do well helped him do

:26:21.:26:23.

well. A lot of us feel that puts more pressure on but it takes it off

:26:24.:26:27.

him which is important. They will need something extra to beat the

:26:28.:26:32.

Aussies. Matt Belcher is the most consistent manner in sailing. Was it

:26:33.:26:36.

12 months they were unbeaten with a new pairing? That for me is amazing.

:26:37.:26:43.

Looking at Luke, they have started a new pairing as well, and they are

:26:44.:26:47.

there and there about already. That confidence Luke has means he will

:26:48.:26:51.

not be daunted by it. He will just keep pushing on their own programme,

:26:52.:26:55.

go in, and I have every confidence they would be as good as they can be

:26:56.:26:59.

on the day and if that is good enough to win, then they will. Like

:27:00.:27:05.

others in the British team, Luke and Elliott are finding the northern

:27:06.:27:11.

Spanish conditions tricky to read. We have had an up-and-down regatta

:27:12.:27:15.

with regards to wind. It has been wacky racing. So far we have pulled

:27:16.:27:20.

out a few consistent results, we are in a confident position and have

:27:21.:27:25.

avoided protests and redraft crane. Really, the end of qualifying

:27:26.:27:30.

signifies the halfway stage. The real racing begins after that. We

:27:31.:27:35.

have had a great first few races, and nice platform to springboard us

:27:36.:27:40.

into the business end of the regatta -- a nice platform. Britain has also

:27:41.:27:50.

got great depth and talent in the women's 470 fleet. Saskia Clark

:27:51.:27:55.

disappointed with her Beijing games results but teamed up with the very

:27:56.:28:01.

young but talented helm Hannah Mills for the 2012 Olympics. They

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performed so well that with two days to go, they had already secured a

:28:05.:28:10.

silver medal. In the final race, they had to fight it out with the

:28:11.:28:18.

Kiwis for the gold medal. I was just gutted. I really believed

:28:19.:28:25.

we could win and I believed we were good enough. And just one tiny

:28:26.:28:33.

mistake of the start line, that was game over, and I just felt really

:28:34.:28:39.

responsible, you know? I knew how much everyone had put in, our

:28:40.:28:45.

coaches and support staff, my family, obviously, and I just felt

:28:46.:28:51.

gutted. Winning a silver medal is absolutely amazing, but we had one

:28:52.:28:55.

that already two days earlier and had got over that. For us it was all

:28:56.:28:59.

about the gold medal and any competitive person will know it is

:29:00.:29:03.

all about winning, so it was an emotional time for sure.

:29:04.:29:08.

On the eve of the first race, Saskia is determined that their combined

:29:09.:29:15.

skills can reverse the trend. There must be pressure to nail this, to

:29:16.:29:21.

get a result here. We are definitely bored of coming second!

:29:22.:29:30.

Hannah will only be happy with a gold medal, she has that steely

:29:31.:29:37.

determination. Tell me a bit about Hannah. She is this mixture of fun,

:29:38.:29:41.

energy and excitement and then she has this will of steel. What is she

:29:42.:29:47.

like when she badly delayed the pressure is really on? She has had

:29:48.:29:50.

an amazing career from a young age, some real pressure of events and is

:29:51.:29:54.

cool as a cucumber when she needs to be. She kind of controls me a little

:29:55.:30:01.

bit, actually. I get very excited. On paper, the 470 women are very

:30:02.:30:06.

similar to Luke and Elliott, just missed out on the gold in the last

:30:07.:30:10.

games. Two years on, how do you think they are shaping up? I have a

:30:11.:30:15.

lot of confidence in them, they are both very talented. It is a nice

:30:16.:30:20.

balance, Saskia has that maturity and experience to keep calm under

:30:21.:30:24.

pressure and Hannah is clearly a real talent. Physically, they are

:30:25.:30:31.

the right size, especially for a lighter crack, no one can get much

:30:32.:30:35.

smaller than Hannah, she is tiny. So I am confident for them in Santander

:30:36.:30:42.

but particularly Rio. The women's 470 racing is proving to be very

:30:43.:30:47.

close. Halfway, Hannah and Saskia are in third place, just ahead of

:30:48.:30:53.

their archrivals the Kiwis. We have seven races left so we are hoping to

:30:54.:30:58.

win them all, I guess, but we would probably take just being aborigine

:30:59.:31:02.

well. We just want to be in the medal race with the chance of a

:31:03.:31:09.

medal, hopefully a gold medal. -- take just being aborigine.

:31:10.:31:17.

medal, hopefully a gold medal. -- take just being aborigine --

:31:18.:31:20.

average. The man who has the job of managing the team is Stephen Park,

:31:21.:31:25.

and he has presided over the team's rise to be, at one stage, the best

:31:26.:31:30.

in the world. You have lost many of your dead

:31:31.:31:36.

certs, people you could have relied on to deliver when they had to. How

:31:37.:31:43.

has that changed your thinking towards Rio? In terms of those

:31:44.:31:47.

bankers that you think you have going into this time, I think at the

:31:48.:31:52.

moment, we would be confident enough to say we have got more of those

:31:53.:31:57.

going into Rio, at this stage, emerging than we did at this stage

:31:58.:32:01.

going into London. Albeit, their names are not as well-known as Ben

:32:02.:32:06.

Ainslie and Iain Percy, Shelley Robertson. It is difficult to talk

:32:07.:32:16.

about medal hauls, but talk about in context of this event, what you're

:32:17.:32:19.

looking for, hoping for and perhaps what is realistic version mark at

:32:20.:32:25.

the end of the day, we have a target to win four medals, so there is no

:32:26.:32:31.

shying away from that. I have no doubt it is more competitive ban it

:32:32.:32:36.

has ever been so as a result of that, it is harder to be confident

:32:37.:32:41.

about who will win in any given class. There are only a few classes

:32:42.:32:45.

where there are any sailors from any country that are able to get that

:32:46.:32:51.

consistency, and right now, there are probably only too, that is the

:32:52.:33:01.

thin and the 470 men, and in the 470, it is our Australian

:33:02.:33:06.

colleagues. In 2012, we were not top of the medal table. We won more

:33:07.:33:11.

medals than anyone else but at the table counts gold medals first, so

:33:12.:33:15.

Australia are currently top of the medal table. And it irritates me

:33:16.:33:22.

that we are not, you know, the top nation at the moment. It grinds, and

:33:23.:33:26.

it does on a number of our sailors and that is what gets you up in the

:33:27.:33:31.

morning, get you motivated to make sure you are going to go out

:33:32.:33:34.

tomorrow and make them sure it is going to be different next time. The

:33:35.:33:42.

49er is the mono hull speedster of the Olympic fleet. It has

:33:43.:33:48.

electrifying pace, but with twin trapezes, it is challenging to say.

:33:49.:33:53.

Britain has only won bronze and one silver medal in this class but there

:33:54.:33:57.

are no several British crews at the top of the world rankings. I got

:33:58.:34:02.

into sailing when I was about 11 years old. We used to live near

:34:03.:34:08.

London... Actually, it is not really London, I tell people that who don't

:34:09.:34:12.

live in London, it was Kingston. Mum and dad were both ballet dancers and

:34:13.:34:16.

I think their genes are being flexible and powerful have helped,

:34:17.:34:21.

it is useful around the 49er. Sailing on little lakes and ponds

:34:22.:34:25.

helps out, you pick up a lot of knowledge on the feel of what is

:34:26.:34:29.

going to happen next. When I started sailing with Alain, it was a good

:34:30.:34:35.

mix. He is from the sea and we have been sailing together for eight

:34:36.:34:38.

years now and we know what the other person is about to do, so we don't

:34:39.:34:43.

have to say as much in the boat, it is inherent, we know what we are

:34:44.:34:49.

doing. Dylan is a fiery person, I think you need that in the team, and

:34:50.:34:53.

I am quite quiet, so we gel quite well together. I think if we both

:34:54.:34:57.

had two nutcases in the boat, it wouldn't work, you would bang your

:34:58.:35:02.

heads together. We are aiming for a medal, a medal would be good, we

:35:03.:35:06.

have never got one at World Championships, but we won't really

:35:07.:35:11.

be happy unless we win. From the outside, one of the classes that is

:35:12.:35:15.

hardest to call is the 49er. There seems to be a real depth but perhaps

:35:16.:35:21.

no real winner there yet. You look at the results and you see Dylan is

:35:22.:35:26.

almost at the top performer with Alain. They seem to do really well

:35:27.:35:30.

when it comes to the end of the week and the race and on the smaller

:35:31.:35:34.

courses, their boat handling is a bit better than the others and they

:35:35.:35:38.

seem to perform under the pressure on the final day. Dylan and Alain

:35:39.:35:43.

are confident they can perform, but things in Santander are proving

:35:44.:35:46.

light and tricky and did their first two races, they get too shocking

:35:47.:35:51.

results. We haven't had many days tougher than that. Unfortunately, we

:35:52.:35:56.

started a little bit early in the first race, so we got a

:35:57.:36:00.

disqualification and in the second race, we were going for the line and

:36:01.:36:05.

were sort of fighting our way through and it is pretty hard work

:36:06.:36:12.

with 40 49ers on a short course. Over the course of the series,

:36:13.:36:16.

hopefully we can fight our way back. Unfortunately, things go from bad to

:36:17.:36:24.

worse. Dylan and Alain go on to pick up a 41st and 42nd, didn't qualify

:36:25.:36:28.

for the medal race and up 54th overall.

:36:29.:36:35.

The all-female 49er fracture is another new class to the Olympics

:36:36.:36:41.

and, just its big brother, it brings twin sailing into the event. In the

:36:42.:36:46.

qualifying stages of the regatta, Charlotte Dobson and Soviet threat

:36:47.:36:50.

has shamed their male team words -- Sophie have shamed their male

:36:51.:36:59.

team-mates. We couldn't be happier, we have had managed to have for

:37:00.:37:05.

really good races, going into qualifying in second and it is a big

:37:06.:37:10.

difference to this time last year. We didn't even qualify for goal

:37:11.:37:16.

fleet, so to be second, we are pretty happy with. My boyfriend

:37:17.:37:25.

sails of 49er and he is having an absolute disaster. Dylan sailing the

:37:26.:37:28.

49er, I have learned a huge amount from him. And Sophie's boyfriend is

:37:29.:37:37.

in the nigra, so between the two of them, they have taught us a lot.

:37:38.:37:45.

Nobili, it is the other way around. I have a lot on physically, I pulled

:37:46.:37:50.

the kite up and down and Charlotte hangs around at the back pushing the

:37:51.:37:55.

stick. It goes quiet in the race, she can't breathe at all, working

:37:56.:37:59.

her little heart out and I am sort of sitting there, shouting

:38:00.:38:05.

encouragement as much as I can. Every day after racing, Charlotte

:38:06.:38:08.

and Sophie trek back to the team house to endure a bone numbing

:38:09.:38:15.

treatment. I am not sure why I do this, all I want to do is get out.

:38:16.:38:23.

The icepack fleshes the lactic acid from their systems but also gives

:38:24.:38:26.

them a chance to reflect on the dynamics of their partnership. When

:38:27.:38:36.

was our must fight? You forgot our anniversary. We haven't really had a

:38:37.:38:45.

rough ride. -- haven't really had a fight. When we first started sailing

:38:46.:38:49.

together, we thought we were really similar and then you get in a boat

:38:50.:38:55.

and you think, you get that competitiveness and you go separate

:38:56.:38:58.

ways, so I tend to get quite fiery and Sophie gets a bit quieter, kind

:38:59.:39:11.

of thing. What we have found works quite well is if anyone is getting

:39:12.:39:15.

particularly grumpy, you just offer them some food. Most things are

:39:16.:39:23.

solved by this. New for Rio, the 49er FX, it is great to see more

:39:24.:39:28.

women. A big fan of that. I think it has been a good addition to the

:39:29.:39:33.

line-up. I think it is a good class, it is exciting, it is the one that

:39:34.:39:37.

people want to watch. You look at the slower boat, like the Finn, we

:39:38.:39:42.

agree they are amazing bows to sail and race but it doesn't have the

:39:43.:39:46.

visual impact of the 49er. People want to see both going fast, people

:39:47.:39:51.

capsizing, falling in. The boats are quite fast, quite frightening and

:39:52.:39:54.

quite a handful for the girls. You will see them at the moment,

:39:55.:39:57.

swimming around a little thing and you will see them in the physio room

:39:58.:40:02.

getting patched back-up. Are they too soft, need to toughen up? I

:40:03.:40:08.

wouldn't say that, seeing what they lived in the gym, they are quite up,

:40:09.:40:12.

but when you hit a wire at 20 knots, it is going to do some damage. The

:40:13.:40:19.

laser is the ultimate one design single-handed dinghy, the world's

:40:20.:40:24.

most popular sailing boat. Britain has an medalled in this class since

:40:25.:40:28.

Beijing. Nick Thompson has his sights set on a medal in Rio and is

:40:29.:40:34.

hoping to prove himself in Santander.

:40:35.:40:37.

Nick, nearly halfway through, it has looked really challenging all week

:40:38.:40:40.

but you are in good shape. Yes, so far the idea has been to get into

:40:41.:40:49.

goal fleet and not make any mistakes like last year. You are at the top,

:40:50.:40:53.

world-class, but you haven't gone to the Olympic Games. It was always

:40:54.:40:58.

going to be closed between Paul and myself up to the last games and he

:40:59.:41:01.

managed to pick me in the selections. I know straight away the

:41:02.:41:04.

focus would turn to the Rio Games and that has been my goal for a

:41:05.:41:11.

while so although it is frustrating to not go to the Olympics, I have

:41:12.:41:16.

learned a lot from the experience campaigning to so many. Leak always

:41:17.:41:22.

seems to me to perform under is not on and maybe sometimes in the key

:41:23.:41:27.

events, part of the trials Championships, he doesn't always

:41:28.:41:31.

deliver the goods. I think it will be interesting. Ben performs better

:41:32.:41:38.

under pressure than in a relaxed competition, he always steps up and

:41:39.:41:41.

others, I would like to think me and Paul and yourself, are the same and

:41:42.:41:47.

there are some people who don't like the pressure and to win at the

:41:48.:41:51.

highest level, you need to be go out at least with your normal game and

:41:52.:41:57.

like Ben, you can raise it. Nick got off to a brilliant start, winning

:41:58.:42:02.

the first race. He continued to sail consistently throughout the regatta

:42:03.:42:06.

and has qualified for the medal race in second, poised for the podium

:42:07.:42:09.

and, if the stars aligned, the top step.

:42:10.:42:15.

In Olympic sailing, every event concludes with a medal race final,

:42:16.:42:19.

where only the top ten boats qualified. Crews carry their points

:42:20.:42:25.

from the previous results but the medal race counts double. This is

:42:26.:42:29.

where the colour of the medal is decided and they are staged right

:42:30.:42:34.

next to the shoreside grandstand, a great view but often makes for a

:42:35.:42:37.

tricky sailing. On the day of the laser medal race, the conditions in

:42:38.:42:41.

Santander are stronger and gusty, conditions that suit Nick. He needs

:42:42.:42:47.

to beat the Australian Tom Burton and be within two places up the

:42:48.:42:54.

Dutchman Nicolas Hyner to be in contention. Halfway up the first leg

:42:55.:43:03.

and he has the Dutchman tucked away, a great start. With two legs of the

:43:04.:43:09.

course to sail, Nick is lying in silver medal position, pushing hard

:43:10.:43:14.

to secure that second place. But by the final mark, the Dutchman has got

:43:15.:43:18.

past and a sailing away. Gold is heading to the Netherlands. Nick is

:43:19.:43:24.

fighting for silver against a new rival, the Australian. Giving it

:43:25.:43:29.

everything, Nick sticks the nose of his boat into a wave and nearly

:43:30.:43:34.

wipes out. He loses grip on the silver and comes home to take

:43:35.:43:38.

bronze. I felt the one last run, it was all

:43:39.:43:42.

to play for and it didn't quite work out. It was a tricky downwind, where

:43:43.:43:48.

we are racing is really chopped up water so it is difficult to get the

:43:49.:43:53.

boat going well downwind and I had a nasty nosedive and threw away a few

:43:54.:43:58.

places, which is disappointing. I know you came here wanting to win

:43:59.:44:01.

and lay your marker down and you so nearly did. Yes, really frustrating

:44:02.:44:07.

week. It has been challenging, a real mix-up conditions but to come

:44:08.:44:10.

away with third is good. But it was the gold I was after, for sure.

:44:11.:44:26.

At her first big regatta since recovering from illness, Allie Young

:44:27.:44:32.

secures a respectable ninth place in the women's laser relay. On the day

:44:33.:44:45.

of the women's race, Brierley is ten spots off the podium, but is still

:44:46.:44:52.

confident about her chances. Briony shawl with a great start. Briony has

:44:53.:44:58.

a great start, powering to the left line of the course. These are tough

:44:59.:45:06.

conditions for RS:X sailing, it really is difficult to read.

:45:07.:45:12.

Approaching the first weather mark, she is fighting for first place with

:45:13.:45:18.

the Chinese and Italian sailors. Hold on here and Briony will take

:45:19.:45:23.

bronze. Terrific performance but that is a disaster for Bryony Shaw

:45:24.:45:37.

she misses her mark, stalls out and loses a couple of places. By my

:45:38.:45:42.

reckoning, and officially, she is now out of the medal positions. Just

:45:43.:45:47.

frustrating trying to find the speed and I found it today and it is all a

:45:48.:45:52.

bit late and then just mistakes creeping in, like just missing the

:45:53.:45:59.

windward mark when I am... I don't know, just silly amateur and the

:46:00.:46:11.

men's 470 medal race, barring disaster, the Australians Mat

:46:12.:46:13.

Belcher and will Ryan have the gold medal, but Luke and Elliott have an

:46:14.:46:20.

outside chance of winning bronze. We still have a chance today, ten

:46:21.:46:25.

points behind in fourth place, they will go out to win the race and

:46:26.:46:28.

hopefully one or two of the other competitors will mess it up and they

:46:29.:46:32.

will have a chance of winning a bronze medal. Here comes the men's

:46:33.:46:49.

470 final. And there is the British pair are blue patients and Elliott

:46:50.:46:57.

Willis. -- of Luke Patients. The British bear whether the lead pair

:46:58.:47:05.

going reasonably well -- the British pair going reasonably well.

:47:06.:47:14.

Great Britain doing a good job. Where is Australia? A very risky

:47:15.:47:20.

move by Great Britain, right ahead of another boat coming up ahead of

:47:21.:47:27.

Australia. They now go downwind on the final leg. Looks as though this

:47:28.:47:35.

is going to be victory for Spain. Behind them, six points manoeuvring

:47:36.:47:41.

and any one of them could get second place Spanish victory. Great Britain

:47:42.:47:48.

cross in second place. The Australians will take the gold

:47:49.:47:53.

medal. Luke and Elliott finished the medal race second but out of the

:47:54.:47:57.

medals. To stand on the podium was always

:47:58.:48:01.

going to be a long shot, there was a lot to do. It is frustrating

:48:02.:48:07.

finishing fourth, we have had a great year and have been on the

:48:08.:48:10.

podium a few times and no one likes coming forth but, in the same

:48:11.:48:13.

breath, after five months of the boat together, we have to stay

:48:14.:48:17.

philosophical and we are right at the front of the fleet, challenging

:48:18.:48:20.

at the very top end in a short space of time together, so it stings a bit

:48:21.:48:26.

right there but that is what the next two years are about, to get the

:48:27.:48:29.

Olympic Games and rectify these things.

:48:30.:48:39.

In the medal race for the new Nacra 17 class, Britain has two boats in

:48:40.:48:42.

the final. Both Andrew Walsh and Lucy MacGregor and Pippa Wilson are

:48:43.:48:49.

out of medal contention, so a good medal result is the target of the

:48:50.:48:54.

start line. At the first stop mark of the Swiss league and head right.

:48:55.:48:59.

The Argentinians are second and head left. The British boats are involved

:49:00.:49:08.

in a collision with France. The French boat receives the judges'

:49:09.:49:13.

penalty but paper and John are left stationary. It takes them a few

:49:14.:49:17.

minutes to get back on track, hoist the kite and get back downwind.

:49:18.:49:26.

Tough and exciting, challenging to sail, this is modern Olympic

:49:27.:49:41.

sailing. The Kiwis and Argentina are locked in the silver medal

:49:42.:49:44.

position. French confirm gold, Argentina takes over. The Kiwis just

:49:45.:49:49.

pipped the Australians are malign but need a boat between them -- on

:49:50.:49:58.

the line. GB couple MacGregor and Walsh and in a creditable seventh. A

:49:59.:50:04.

lot about Scott and very good start and found the breeze on the first

:50:05.:50:09.

beat and got away, but the rest of the pack was swapping places that

:50:10.:50:13.

right and centre, a couple of big crashes. It was a good Nacra final

:50:14.:50:18.

race. To keep the momentum through the week has been tough and I think

:50:19.:50:22.

we have done a good job about and the regatta on such a high, with a 7

:50:23.:50:28.

second first and a better race today, we have to be proud about.

:50:29.:50:35.

And the men's RS:X windsurfing, Nick Dempsey has made it through to the

:50:36.:50:40.

medal race. Gold has gone but he is philosophical about what lies ahead.

:50:41.:50:45.

There isn't any pressure on me, I am in sixth place, I have a bit of a

:50:46.:50:49.

proper behind and in front, so it is a nice attacking place to be -- a

:50:50.:50:54.

buffer. I can sail a relatively free race. The race for the medals is a

:50:55.:51:04.

real tussle in strong, gusting winds and a sea that is bouncing off the

:51:05.:51:16.

harbour wall. Nick finishes fifth and fifth overall. He misses the

:51:17.:51:21.

podium but reaches his pre-event ambition. It is disappointing,

:51:22.:51:25.

because I enjoy winning and I do it to win, but the reality is I came

:51:26.:51:30.

here to try and finish top five and I did, so that is good and means I

:51:31.:51:36.

am on target and the areas I didn't perform in our very easily sorted

:51:37.:51:43.

out, so it is, I suppose, a good end to quite a tough week.

:51:44.:51:48.

Saskia and Hannah are in bronze medal position going into the final

:51:49.:51:53.

day. I guess we are a bit disappointed that we are not close

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to first and second, so we can really properly take the fight to

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win the regatta, but just happy to be in with a shout of a medal. And

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the race is under way. In light, shifting conditions, Hannah and

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Saskia start clean and immediately had the right hand side of the

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course. It is a gamble that pays off, the wind shifts to the right,

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take some of the third of the first mark and they have the Austrians in

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rage. Great Britain have moved up into second place behind the lead

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Austrian pair. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clerk were in bronze medal

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position before this medal race, so they will be pleased. By the next

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upwind leg, they are duelling for the lead. There is very little

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between them, this is a great race. Can Austria attack ahead? Great

:52:52.:52:59.

drama, this is a key moment. The wind has shifted left, giving the

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advantage to Austria. But only a length separate them for the lead.

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Kerb round the mark at the top of the cause and downwind on the final

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leg, Austria and Great Britain. Great Britain doing everything they

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can in their power, and they between them have put in a lead over the

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rest but New Zealand could be clawing them is cells way back into

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the silver medal position. -- clawing themselves back. Coming down

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towards the finishing line and the final manoeuvres. Gary? Australia is

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in good shape. Great move by Great Britain, keep the fight going, back

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into the centre, it is the only thing they can do, I like their

:53:53.:53:58.

feistiness. It is going to be a gold medal for Austria, they are coming

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up to past the line and they are the winners of the race. Second placed

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the Great Britain. Overall, they will take the bronze medal but what

:54:08.:54:11.

a terrific effort from Hannah Mills and Saskia.

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I know you came here to win, but to deliver in the medal race and come

:54:18.:54:20.

away with a podium position, you must take something from that we

:54:21.:54:30.

definitely do. We have moved forward to the end of the week and to top it

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off and claimed the bronze medal is wicked. The British pair of John and

:54:35.:54:41.

Stewart make it into the 49er final but are out of the medals. And away

:54:42.:54:49.

they go. Gold is already claimed by New Zealand, but behind them is a

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closely contested race where positions change every few seconds.

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The lead changes five times and the silver medal is decided in the

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closing seconds of the race. The Austrians going through in second

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place ahead of Great Britain. The British pair finished the medal race

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third, giving them sixth overall. Per day, happy. Best outcome for us.

:55:17.:55:20.

For the week, it is another story but we are happy today. In the new

:55:21.:55:31.

women's 49er FX class, Charlotte and Sophie have made it through to the

:55:32.:55:35.

medal race but the magical form they showed early in the regatta has

:55:36.:55:43.

drifted, finishing seventh overall. With the like we can achieve more

:55:44.:55:47.

than we have, we have more to give. It gives you something to go home,

:55:48.:55:53.

work on, reflect and move forward. Giles Scott has done what he

:55:54.:55:57.

intended in Santander. He came here and dominated the Finn fleet, making

:55:58.:56:05.

him the man to beat. But he is not the only Brit in the medal zone. Ed

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Wright has performed brilliantly and has the chance to win a bronze medal

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with a good performance in the final race. Going into the medal race, he

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must avoid disqualification -- Giles must avoid disqualification to win

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the gold. At the first mark, he is lying comfortable in second place.

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At this point, Ed Wright is in last place and firmly out of medal

:56:37.:56:37.

contention. On the second upwind leg, Giles

:56:38.:56:49.

drops a place but is still winning goal. Ed Wright, however, sails as

:56:50.:56:55.

sensational legs to climb from last into fourth place, putting him in

:56:56.:57:01.

bronze medal position. Giles still has the gold in the bag but Ed

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Wright has two byte of France. Whoever crosses the line first wins

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the bronze. -- has to fight off. Ed keeps the Frenchman at bay, crosses

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in third and wins the bronze medal. Gold, though, is safely in the hands

:57:18.:57:24.

of Giles Scott. It is a big milestone. I don't know, I try to

:57:25.:57:34.

stay very realistic and the fact is my big goal is in two years' time.

:57:35.:57:38.

But this is a very big step towards that and I am kind of looking

:57:39.:57:43.

forward to the next couple of years. It has been a great season and I

:57:44.:57:46.

couldn't think of a better way to round it off than with a world

:57:47.:57:51.

title, some, really happy. One gold and three bronzes puts

:57:52.:57:56.

Britain fourth on the medal table. What does Sparky take from that? We

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came with the aim of winning for medals and to qualify the country

:58:02.:58:06.

for the Olympics in all ten of the offence, and we have managed that,

:58:07.:58:10.

just. I think a number of the sailors will go home a little bit

:58:11.:58:14.

disappointed, partly because the competition continues to increase,

:58:15.:58:18.

gets tougher and tougher every event, but also because we set such

:58:19.:58:22.

high standards and everybody coming into the team is expecting to medal,

:58:23.:58:27.

so when you finish fourth or fifth, you are going home disappointed. So

:58:28.:58:30.

there will be disappointed sailors but at the end of the day, the key

:58:31.:58:36.

goals, for medals, qualifying in all ten events for Rio, those boxes are

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ticked, so as a team we have to be content with that. For ten years,

:58:42.:58:47.

British sailing was unstoppable. Winning was expected and more often

:58:48.:58:52.

than not, delivered. But it appears that we can no longer assume the

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glory days are ours by right. Here in Santander, the fresh faces has

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shown glimpses of brilliance. And with the time, Team GB has the

:59:03.:59:06.

experience to get through this transitional period. You can't hide

:59:07.:59:10.

from it, though, there is a lot of work to do. But with two years of

:59:11.:59:15.

preparation ahead, the road to Rio for Team GB is still very much under

:59:16.:59:16.

construction.

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Two years out from the Rio 2016 Olympics, BBC Sport meets some of the sailors charged with stepping into the shoes of the likes of four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie. Ainslie announced his retirement from Olympic sailing in the wake of his victory at London 2012 and September's World Championships in Santander could unearth the next batch of talent.


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