Nick Rogers - a madforsailing profile

We speak to one half of the young, cute and very talented 470 Olympians
Nick Rogers from Lymington is only 24 years old and is continuing to prove himself as talented as the rest of his family and is currently our best British hopeful for the next Olympics in the 470 class at Athens. Nick's love of sailing was heavily influenced by his father Jonathan who has in the past helmed winning boats in both the Admirals Cup and the One Ton Cup. His brother and sister ( Ben and Kate) were also keen competitive sailors but swapped white sails for white coats and went on to be successful doctors. His cousin kit fell in love with the water and became heavily involved with whale research and conservation and now does this full time living in the Azores on his boat and worked all over the globe on the award winning BBC Blue Planet programme. His other cousin Simon Rogers is a distinguished yacht designer and currently involved with the British America's Cup Challenge. MFS - What was your first winning experience? Nick - I have sailed from a young age but my first major win was when I was 14 years old in the Optimist Nationals in 1991 and I also won the Cadet Nationals in the same year. MFS - Did you always want to make a career out of sailing? Nick - No, but when it came to doing my A levels I was doing averagely at both my academics and sailing. So I decided to give up one and concentrate on the other, which was sailing. Obvious choice for me and definitely more fun. MFS - How did you go about it? Nick - In 1995 I qualified for the Youth Worlds in a Laser II with Pom Green and enjoyed the sailing as a team. I then started working for Holt in 1996 and that's