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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 - And so it begins  [07/06/2011]

This year’s Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is almost as big as the Olympics, according to triple gold
medal legend Ben Ainslie. The reason is that many national teams are using the event as a crucial
component of their selection process. So anticipation was high this morning when the sailors arrived
at the Olympic centre, but the wind had other ideas, toying with the race officials as they tried to set
fair race course in the light and shifty conditions. The Match Racing got started on time, others were
not so lucky with the Laser Radial’s waiting ashore until 17:00 before being sent afloat.
But while the Women’s Match Racing might have got started on time, it was still going when almost
everything else was done. The usual names found their way to the top of the round robin, with
stand-out unbeaten performances from Claire Leroy, Elodie Bertrand and Marie Riou (FRA); Anne-
claire Le Berre, Alice Ponsar and Myrtille Ponge (FRA); and Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela
Wulff (FIN) all on 3-0, and Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor (GBR); and Anna
Tunnicliffe, Molly Vendemoer and Debbie Capozzi (USA) on the slightly more impressive 4-0.

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Show Time at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta  [07/06/2011]

There are 418 days to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Between now and then, there are two
events that have been in marked in the diary in red ink for every ambitious sailor en route to the
London Opening Ceremony.  One of them starts in 56 days time, when the Pre-Olympics begins at
the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the London 2012 venue. The entry will
mirror the Olympic Games, with just one competitor allowed from each nation in each class of boat. 
The other event starts tomorrow, and it’s Skandia Sail for Gold. 
Skandia Sail for Gold is the sixth and penultimate event on this year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup
schedule, reason enough to make it important. But this year, it’s also a big deal for a whole set of
other reasons and they are all connected to the venue – the 2012 race courses out on Weymouth
Bay. The limited entry for the Pre-Olympics means that for many this is the only chance to race for
real at the next Games venue this year.

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