Top 49er talent at Tiger Trophy
madforsailing's very own coach Paul Brotherton will be doing his first bit of competitive sailing with new crew Simon Hiscocks, whilst the other half of the silver medal duo, Ian Barker, will be back in a 49er with Harvey Hillary working the front end.
Not a new team - but one that hasn't sailed together for a while - is Rob and Pete Greenhalgh who have got back together after Pete's regular skipper Alister Richardson severely damaged his leg in a recent sledging accident. Pete Greenhalgh told madforsailing that Richardson may not be fully mended until May, when the 49er Europeans take place in France. The Greenhalgh brothers and Hillary share the same house together in Southampton, along with Ali Hall who with skipper Geoff Carveth came second at the 49er national championships last year.
All four housemates are very competitive with each other, and no quarter will be given out on the race course. Hillary told madforsailing: "It's going to be fierce out there. We're going to give each other a lot of stick." And then of course, it will be interesting to see which half of the Olympic duo comes out on top in the three races on Saturday, Barker or Hiscocks.
Many of the 49ers will not be able to attend the Sunday's pursuit race, as Olympic duty beckons down at the training camp in Weymouth, where Barker steps off the 49er to impart his wisdom from the coach boat. Harvey Hillary then steps aboard the front end of Chris Draper's boat, the talented student who won the Weymouth 470 Olympic trials last year but has taken up skiffing in recent months.
Hillary is dreading the punishing regime that he expects to receive from Barker at the Weymouth training camp next week. "He's going to make life hell for us," he laughed.