Keeping the pressure on

From right to left: Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor
Richard Langdon / Skandia Team GBR
From right to left: Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor
Women's match racing World Champion Lucy Macgregor on her Olympic campaign
A few berths are looking reasonably secure within Skandia Team GBR on the road to London 2012. RS:X sailors Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey seem to have little in the way of competition, even though Shaw must be keeping a close eye on the talented Izzy Hamilton, recently crowned YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year. Among the ‘boats’, reigning Gold Medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson seem unchallenged in the Star while Lucy Macgregor and her Women’s Match Racing Team on the Elliott 6 is in a similar position. In 2010 Macgregor was ISAF World no1 in the women's match rae rankings, she finished on the podium in eight of the 13 regattas she has competed in, but best of all in September in Newport, Rhode Island, she became the Women’s Match Racing World Champion. “The Worlds this year was great,” Macgregor admits. “It means we are on the top level of funding and we get great support from the RYA and that is good for the future certainly.” However one of the jobs this winter is to secure extra commercial funding to see them through to the Games. “We are no experts in that area, so we are working with people on the commercial side. We have some local businesses which have been supporting us for a few years now and they have been really good. Because all three of us are from Poole that is quite unique and we are trying to build that at the moment and get more local interest even if it just people down the club signing up.” Despite their success, this year has seen a crew change with the younger Macgregor sister, Kate, stepping into the bow position in place of Annie Martin. “It just kind of happened,” says Lucy of the transition. “We did Sail for