Cadiz or bust

Team GBR 470 sailor Nick Rogers discusses his recent silver at Athens and looks forward to Cadiz
At the Pre-Olympics last Team GBR 470 sailors Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield put in their most stonking performance to date, picking up the silver behind the Swedish team of Johan Molund and Martin Andersson and ahead of the Italians Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani. For Rogers and Glanfield the silver medal came as just deserts after a disappointing outcome in the Europeans. The first two days in that regatta had seen the duo leading until some decidedly average results in the last three races caused them to lose their grip on the podium ending up fourth Europeans and fifth overall (the race was won by the Americans Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham). "That was a missed opportunity," agrees Rogers. "We really threw that away." The Pre-Olympics was an although different affair. "We were sailing on top form, up to speed and it has been our best result so far to date. We’re really pleased with it," says Rogers. "We ground out a result. It was really long event. I think a lot of people got distracted and just ran out of steam, because you had days off when you weren’t racing and there was only one discard, so you could never let your finger off the pulse." As ever consistency paid and despite winning only one race, their scorecard included eight positions in the top 10. "We kept on putting in the good results and it all fell into place," says Rogers. One occasioin when it didn't fall into place was in the eighth race. "Someone won a race by 20 minutes and only four boats, and we were fifth and we missed the time limit by 6 seconds. I’m not too bitter about it because it wouldn’t have won us the event anyway. And then with only one discard it