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Paul Brotherton talks about why he has returned to the 49er
One of the surprises in British Olympic sailing recently has been the reforming of the 49er partnership between Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith. Although we must be getting old because it seems more recent, the pair last sailed together at the ISAF Worlds in Cadiz in 2003 when Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks got the nod that they would be sailing the 49er in Athens. But following the separation of Asquith and his helm Paul Campbell-James, so just a few weeks ago Brotherton got the call… During their separation Brotherton has been receiving considerable acclaim as a coach, particularly for helping coax Olympic Gold out of Sarah Ayton’s Yngling team in at the Beijing games last year. So what brought on their return to the 49er? “Being asked by Mark – is the long and short of it,” Brotherton told us yesterday down at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, while waiting for the near gale force wind to abate, to allow them out racing. “It went through my mind a few times to get back involved again, but I could never joint the dots to see how to make it happen to a level… because to do anything in this environment you have see yourself being able to sail at a fairly high level, otherwise there is no point in being involved. Whichever other class or other person to sail with I looked at, I couldn’t join the dots to see how it would happen. But getting the call from Mark after the Worlds – it was actually an opportunity I can’t say no to. It was as simple as that. I was fired up from the minute he made the call and here we are three or four weeks after that phone call, with the Europeans under our