Back in the saddle

Richard Langdon / Team GBR
London 2012 470 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark on their campaign for Rio 2016
Britain seems to do a good line in silver medals in the 470 fleets if the results from London 2012 were anything to go by. You will remember of course Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in the Men, while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark ended up on the second tier of the podium behind Kiwis Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie in the Women. At present Mills and Clark are revving up in Palma for the Trofeo Princesca Sofia - the first event of this season’s ISAF Sailing World Cup to take place in Europe. In the lead up to this, the British squad has in the throws of a training camp out of the sailing club in Arenal. While Mills and Clark didn’t compete at this regatta last year, they say it is much the same as previous years, only that they are now joined in the boat park by the Nacra 17 catamarans and the 49er FXs. After London 2012, Mills and Clark took several months off. “For me especially, I’ve just been doing this a long time and needed to have a proper break and decide if 2016 was something I definitely wanted to do, rather than just carrying because of the lack of anything else to do,” admits Clark. “I’ve done this for five years and there are other adventures that life has to offer, particularly because the circumstances we came together in - it was an 18 month campaign, which was very intense right from the beginning to the trial and to the Olympics – it was massively full on and we couldn’t do that for another four years.” During her break Clark even tried her hand at an office job, working