The Sailing Team Provide Some of
Great Britain’s Best Hopes for Olympic Medals
Great Britain’s sailing elite came home with a very promising medal haul from the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta last month.
It comes as welcome news for Great Britain, who host the London 2012 Olympics from the 27th of July to the 12th of August. The Olympics are always an exciting time, but typically more tense for the host nation as expectations pile on. The GB sailing team won two gold, two silver and four bronze medals on the closing day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, with Giles Scott winning the Finn race and Ben Ainslie getting the silver.
After the Olympic selectors opted for Ainslie to represent GB over Scott, the latter winning the gold was an interesting, perhaps even controversial result. 24-year-old Scott said “I wasn’t really trying to prove anything with that. It is just quite nice to win races.”
Despite contracting a flu virus at the beginning of the race, Ben Ainslie persevered and managed to keep the pressure on Scott who took the lead. Despite giving him a good run for his money, Ainslie capsized on the last race of the event and said goodbye to his chances of winning.
He put on a brave face though, and made light of his mistake, saying “Sometimes these things happen. Thankfully it wasn’t the Olympic Games… It wasn’t my best race but Giles sailed fantastically. He had a great series and I am really pleased for him.”
For the women, Alison Young proved it was a deft decision to add her as a late pick for Great Britain’s sailing team, as she won gold on the day. “It is pretty cool to win” she said, “It is a good confidence boost going forward to the Games and I will be looking to build on a few things between now and then.”
So, if you’re placing any bets come the 2012 Olympics, it would appear that some of the Great Britain sailing team are likely candidates to bring home some sought-after medals.
Zac Colbert writes on a range of nautical themed topics, from sailing news and race tech reviews to Mercury outboard motors and yacht maintenance. One day he’ll sail to Fiji from New Zealand, one day. Photo used under a creative commons license courtesy of Ben Sutherland on Flickr.