Don't mention the mixed 470


Iain Percy on the America's Cup and the choice of equipment for Rio 2016
With the demise of TeamOrigin, so Sir Keith Mills’ America’s Cup troupe has now scattered to the four corners of the sailing world. Some have been fortunate in having a ‘plan B’, among them former tactician with the British team, Iain Percy, who has launched headlong into his Star campaign for London 2012 with Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. “That is one of the lucky things for myself, Bart and Ben [Ainslie] and where I felt bad for the others," says the double Olympic Gold medallist. "It is not just that everyone’s lost their jobs, everyone had something they were passionate about which was taken away. For myself and Bart we had something to throw our energies into, which we are equally passionate about, as is Ben [Ainslie].” Within two days of the announcement that TeamOrigin was to fold so Percy says he was out in his Star down in Weymouth. “It was almost like therapy to have that and it was great, but unfortunately not everyone was in that position.” Recently Percy has been globetrotting. He was fortunate enough to sail the recent Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai. With Terry Hutchinson and the Artemis ‘A’ team away training on Extreme 40s in Miami, so Percy was recruited into the Swedish team's newly formed afterguard for the regatta, under skipper and helmsman Cameron Appleton. But after a strong start in round robin 1 they had a disappointing second round robin and as a result failed to make the semi-finals. “We made too many mistakes early in the week,” admits Percy. “We had four people at the back of the boat who were new and no one up the rig. The decisions in the puffy stuff were hard. So we made mistakes, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sailing with the guys and boat

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