Stephen Park has much the same in mind for his latest crop of race winning sailors
“Competing at a home Olympic Games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any athlete,” said the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic Manager Stephen Park, “and certainly it’s something which every day motivates our sailors and the support team around them to be the best they can be.”
Park said GBR’s windsurfer Nick Dempsey, who will compete in Miami, is a great example of that drive and determination to succeed on home waters. “After the heartbreak of placing fourth in Beijing, his sole focus in 2009 was to become the RS:X World Champion in his hometown of Weymouth. And that’s exactly what he did, laying down an early marker that he’s the man to beat come 2012.”
In the Men’s 470 class, GBR’s Nick Rogers, with two Olympic silver medals to his credit, will be sailing with his new campaign partner Pom Green. Teammates Nic Asher and Elliot Willis, who are two-time 470 World Champions, are certain to provide some stiff competition, since they have been working hard to make sure they get their chance at an Olympic medal after missing out on the team berth for Beijing.
“For others, there have been new challenges along the road to Weymouth,” continued Park. “With the Yngling having been removed as an Olympic class, those sailors are weighing up their options, while Penny Clark has made the switch to the 470 from the Laser Radial.” Park notes that a strong contingent of his country’s Finn sailors -- Giles Scott, Andrew Mills and Mark Andrews -- has signed up for the Rolex Miami OCR.
“With the talent we have within the team and the groundwork we’re putting in place, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be looking for another great Olympic regatta in 2012, and hopefully we’ll inspire our next generation of medal winners in the process!”