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  I watched top sailors on the water
Updated 08 April 2004, 10.09

Sailing trials are taking place to select the final places for the British Olympic sailing team.

We asked James, who sails himself, to go along and check out all the action.

Here's his report.

"Later on this year, in Athens, the Olympics will be held.

There is still one person to find to make up the Olympic sailing team.

Although the Olympic Laser Class haven't found their man yet they hope to find him at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy.

Last place

40 lasers from all over the country turned up to try and qualify for this last place to go to Athens, as part of the Sailing Team GBR.

I was invited, as a Press Pack reporter, to go along and watch these sailors in action.

Hard to sail

The conditions on Wednesday were unpredictable as the wind speed and wind direction varied throughout the day making it hard to sail in.

Not only did they have to think about boat speed but which way to go to get more wind than the others, which split the best from the rest.

The race committee was put in an awkward position to alter the course during the race due to dramatic wind shifts.

Enjoy yourself

Inbetween races I was able to grab some words from top laser sailor, Paul Goodison, who had a good lead overall, winning five of the eight races.

His top tip to all young hopeful sailors was to 'Just go out and enjoy yourself!'

Paul was very modest about his prospects of representing his country at the next Olympics.

It was great fun watching them.

I only wished I was out there myself."

James, 13, Plymouth


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