Dynamic duo

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470 Women Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark on their week at Skandia Sail for Gold
Unfortunately today they scuppered their chances of taking the gold, but one of the stars of Skandia Team GBR this week has been the new 470 pairing of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, that came together three and a half months ago when Clark’s former helm, double gold medallist Sarah Ayton chose to hang up her Olympic sailing boots in favour of motherhood. In today’s last race Mills and Clark got nailed on the wrong side of big left hand shift... “and we didn’t get a sniff of anything to come back across on. So we sailed our discard unfortunately,” admits Clark. However two sailors who did get it right today were the New Zealanders, Jo Aleh and her recently returned crew (from a broken collarbone injury) Olivia Powrie, who’s points score is now out of reach for the third placed Brits going into tomorrow’s double points scoring medal race. Tomorrow’s race for the top 10 will end up being a squabble for the final two positions on the podium between the Brits, the second placed French, Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron and the Israeli duo Gil Cohen and Vered Bouskila. Unfortunately today’s last race has taken the sheen off what has been an incredible week for Mills and Clark, who out of the blue led their class over days two and three. So pretty happy? “Yes....but your expectations get high after doing a few days in yellow!” admits Clark. “It would be nice to go in with a chance of winning, whether it was a close chance or not. It is a bit of a shame that gold has gone. But we are happy. “We are pleased with how we did in the wind. We hung in there and got some solid races in. We may have been discounted a bit in