British squad for Athens announced


Mark Bukeley, left, and Leigh MacMillan, Tornado representives
 

Mark Bukeley, left, and Leigh MacMillan, Tornado representives

Sailors prepare for Pre-Olympic regatta
With just over a year to go until Athens 2004, Stephen Park, the RYA’s Olympic Manager, yesterday announced the team that will represent Great Britain at the 2003 Pre-Olympic test event in Athens. This regatta is a full dry-run for the Olympics real next year and will operate out of the Olympic Marina in Athens and use the same race areas. Only one boat per discipline per country is to compete, and for Team GBR these are: ISAF ranking in brackets as of 8 May Laser: Paul Goodison (1) Europe: Andrea Brewster (43) 470 Male: Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (4) 470 Female: Christina Bassadone and Catherine Hopson (14) Yngling: Shirley Robertson, Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb (11) Star: Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (4) 49er: Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith (3) Finn: Ben Ainslie (5) Tornado: Leigh MacMillan and Mark Bulkeley (13) Mistral Female: Natasha Sturges (1) Mistral Male: TBC following Mistral Europeans The only real surprises in this line-up are the choice of Leigh MacMillan and Mark Bulkeley over Hugh Styles and Adam May and Andrea Brewster over the more highly ranked Kirsty Bonar or Debbie Winstanley in an otherwise fairly lacklustre group of Europe sailors. The selection process has been based around two primary regattas: Princess Sofia and Hyeres. The Lasers are the exception as they counted the Athens Eurolymp in place of Princess Sofia. The Yngling and Star selection was based on these two crews being the only World Class Performance standard sailors. In addition to these sailors who will compete at the event from 14-28 August, there is a squad of training partners. The complete team will fly out on 4 August, with the training partners coming home on the 11th. The regatta squad will then decamp to Cyprus for a couple of days of R & R followed by some team building and event focused training. The training squad

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