Back in the game

The Daily Sail catches up with former Olympian Cathy Foster to discuss her Yngling campaign
Last September when Cathy Foster launched her Yngling campaign in a bid to get the UK slot for Athens, it came as a bolt from the blue. Foster won two Women's World Championships in the 1970s, but the high point in her career came at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics when sailing with Pete Newlands in the then mixed 470 class, they finished seventh overall and won the last race. In the process Foster made history by being the first woman helm since the Second World War. Since then Foster has been a coach spending six years knocking the British Laser team into shape, followed by two years with the Spanish Laser team and three years as Dutch 470 coach. She has also been British ParaOlympic coach and was team leader to the Brits in Sydney. She is also a professional umpire. On board the Yngling with her are 23 year old Annie Lush, a Laser 2 and J/24 sailor from Parkstone YC and a Cambridge blue and Jane Norris, a former GP14 sailor who has been campaigning Ynglings since 2001 with another now defunct team and brings managerial experience to Team Cathy Foster. "I suddenly realised there as nothing stoping me," when The Daily Sail posed the question - why? "I’ve always enjoyed racing at top level. Club racing has never fulfilled that for me. I was doing a lot of coaching, but I was more committed to becoming a good sailor. I thought - I can still do this." To date Team Cathy Foster's performance has not been remarkable. They've scored a couple of thirds in smaller regattas and were eighth in the US Olympic pre-trials but otherwise were 15th at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and most recently 19th at SPA. "We were really encouraged by this