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Sun Sail
2012 London Olympics
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00
Team GB smashes medal target

SeptOlymStartIn an event that can only be described as ‘epic’ and which saw Ben Ainslie win gold and become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Team GB brought home a grand total of five medals on the waters of Weymouth.

Living up to our weighty expectation, they sailed the regattas of their lives in front of thousands of spectators thronging the Nothe Fort and lining the rocks underneath.

Sensational performances, fuelled by adrenaline and determination, delivered a fortnight of high drama from Team GB, on and off the water, as feuds raged and tempers flared, and dreams were both made and broken.

Some of the most notable results came from our Olympic newbies, their raw talent distinguishable amongst those veteran Olympians who had old scores to settle.

Throughout it all, Team GB were cheered on and shouted for by the impressive crowds, wielding their flags and banners en masse, as the first ever Sailing ticket holders at an Olympic regatta - a move which in itself has set a new Olympic sailing standard of its own.

2012 Paralympic Games
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00
Could it be a medal-first for British Paralympic sailors?

AugOlympicsA total of 80 athletes will be sailing for gold in the waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. From 1-6 September, three classes will race for three separate medal events – in the 2.4M (single-person), SKUB 18 (two-person) and Sonar  (three-person) classes.

Each country is limited to one boat in each event, making for a maximum of six athletes in total.

Racing kicks off at 11 am daily, with 11 races in a series, including one discard. Unlike Olympic sailing, there is no medal race, so all sailors have the chance to compete in every race.

Olympic Special
Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00
Sailor interviews, where to watch and when, behind the scenes with the organisers.

JulyolympicsGreat Britain ready to rule the waves

With just weeks to go, the sailing spectacle of the year is almost upon us. Britain’s elite dinghy sailors are preparing to take on the rest of the world on our home waters.

Weymouth Bay, world-renowned for its excellent sailing conditions and stunningly scenic backdrop, will provide the arena. And the eyes of the world will be watching.

As the most successful sailing nation in Olympic sailing history, Great Britain is rightfully known for ruling the waves. With 63 nations competing across 10 classes, the battle will be fierce. Have our sailors got what it takes to win gold in front of the home crowds?

Gold or bust
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 00:00

With ISAF’s shock decision meaning that 2102 will be the last time that windsurfing will appear as an Olympic sport, bronze medalist Bryony Shaw will be doing everything she can to get her hands on gold.

olympicsAs the first ever British woman to win a medal in windsurfing, taking bronze in spectacular style in Beijing in 2008, Bryony Shaw will be amongst the strongest contenders for a medal on the waters of Weymouth in just under two months’ time.

And there’s no questioning her determination to achieve this. At the RS:X World Championship in March of this year, in spite of a lingering chest infection having hampered her preparations and almost forcing her to pull out of the event, she still managed to equal her previous best finish at an RS:X World Championship, finishing fourth overall. This followed a string of positive results at recent World   Cup events.

Remembered by many for an unintentional slip of the tongue when expressing her euphoria at winning the bronze medal in Beijing, live on TV, Bryony’s passion for and commitment to windsurfing is indubitable; a fact which makes the recent ISAF decision to substitute windsurfing for kitesurfing at the 2016 Olympic Games a tough blow to bear.

Fourth time lucky?
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00

Backed by steely determination and years of experience, Nick Dempsey is ready to give it his all on home waters this summer.

mayolympicsNORWICH-born Nick Dempsey began windsurfing at the age of seven and has never looked back, making his Olympic debut at the age of 20 at the Sydney Games. In 2004, he then became the first ever Briton to win an Olympic medal in windsurfing, when he won the bronze medal in Athens. That was his second Olympics; London 2012 will be his fourth. At the 2008 Games, he was cruelly denied a medal in a dramatic final race; but the bitter disappointment of finishing in fourth place four years ago has spurred Nick on.

Since 2008, Nick has made Weymouth his home, together with wife, Sarah Ayton, herself a double Olympic gold medalist, and their two sons; the couple married just months after the 2008 Games. In emphatic style, Nick has stamped his mark on the waters of Weymouth, winning the RS:X windsurfing World Championship title there in 2009, and the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta there in June 2011, topping this off with silver at the official Test Event at the Olympic venue later that year.

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