470 contender


Nigel Cherrie talks to Graham Vials - recently second at the 470 Spring Cup on the Cote d'Azur
The pair to beat - Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield It doesn't take a Cambridge mathematician to figure out that two into one doesn't go but it is an equation that RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park would love to crack. Next season he is going to have more talented sailors with clear Olympic medal potential than he has air tickets to the Athens games. And the 470 men's class is hotting up to be a classic case of two crews trying to outperform each other for one berth and the associated glory. Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield were the most formidable pair in the 470 prior to Sydney and justified their selection by coming within a whisker of winning Team GB's sixth sailing medal. The bronze was literally snatched out of their hands in the dying few minutes of the final race by the Argentineans. How the Argys slipped past their Mexican friends at the final mark rounding is still a contentious issue today. Obviously the Olympics is unfinished business for Rogers and Glanfield. They fully intend to burying the gremlins of their Sydney disappointment (where at the eleventh hour they lost their podium position) in Greece in just over two years time. A win at the ISAF grade one Hyeres Olympic classes event in 2001 plus the silver medal at the last World Championship means they are well down the road to completing the deal. But this time you have to enter Graham Vials and Dan Newman into the bargain. Vials, a 21 year old personable Northern lad, is a clearly a young man on a big mission. During his fly-by visit to the UK this week, he took time out to speak to madforsailing. Last weekend he and Newman, 24, finished second at the French 470 Spring Cup and this Friday he will fly out to

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