Hannah Mills and Lucy Macgregor at the Extreme Sailing Series

Mark Lloyd / Extreme Sailing Series
470 silver medallist and Women's Match Race helm on their cat experience and Olympic plans
Coming from Dinas Powys, on the other side of Cardiff Bay, newly crowned Olympic 470 silver medallist Hannah Mills is very much the local hero at the Extreme Sailing Series inCardiff this week (although GAC Pindar coach Ian Barker heralds from Penarth which is even closer). This week she has gone two hull as crew on the Team Wales Extreme 40 with Team GBR’s Welsh 49er sailor Dave Evans helming. This year the Extreme 40s have been allowed an extra fifth crew member in the form of a woman, an under 23-year-old or an 'amateur' and this is the slot the Volvo-sponsored Mills has taken up on board. Being 470 helm-sized grinding isn’t her forte, but she has been making wind calls upwind and has otherwise been a floater on board. Mills admits she hasn’t been much help in providing local knowledge because although she lived nearby in her youth, she never sailed here. In fact the monumental development of the docks on the perimeter of Cardiff Bay, including the Wales Millenium Centre and the National Assembly has only been a product of the last 20 years and Cardiff Bay Sailing Club didn’t exist when she was growing up here. Nonetheless the eloquent sparky Mills, compete with her new gong, has been the centre of media attention at the Extreme Sailing Series this week. Extreme 40 sailing is a new experience for her. The Team Wales crew gathered in Cardiff last Sunday and managed to get in three days of training before the regatta. “You don’t see much up the front because you are just running around like a complete idiot,” describes Mills. “With the short course stuff you are always doing something, so it all happens pretty quickly. We are getting the hang of it. It has taken us some time to