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Stars assemble for 2012 warm-up

Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth
Live: BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website (UK only) 1200-1400 BST on Saturday 19 September

Dorset is hosting Olympic sailors

More than 700 competitors, including several British Olympic gold medal winners, are competing in the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth from Monday.

Pippa Wilson, who won Beijing gold in the Yngling, will be with Saskia Clark in the 470 class, while Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson go in the Star.

Paul Goodison will race in the Laser class, in which he won gold in China.

A total of 10 Olympic classes will be represented at the 2012's venue, with the bulk of final races on Saturday.

The Yngling class, in which Wilson triumphed alongside fellow "blondes in a boat" Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb, has been removed from the Olympic roster and replaced with the lighter, faster Elliot.


Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin have been getting to grips with the vessels that were released only a few weeks ago and hope to continue the form that saw them win a regatta against 11 other international teams in the same waters last week.

Britain's sailors have enjoyed a strong season so far, with Nick Dempsey clinching the RS:X World windsurfing title off Portland Bill last week, while Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith took European silver in the 49er and Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell came second in the 470 World Championships.

Goodison added the World title to his Olympic success with victory in Canada in August, while compatriot Nick Thompson finished third.

"The Sail for Gold Regatta in our home waters of Weymouth and Portland provides Skandia Team GBR with a fantastic opportunity to line up with the best in the world," said Royal Yachting Association Olympic manager Stephen Park.

"It is a chance to gain that all-important knowledge and racing time in the venue where we hope to be successful again when the Games are upon us in less than three years' time."

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see also
Regatta at Olympic sailing venue
14 Sep 09 |  Dorset
Dempsey takes windsurfing crown
10 Sep 09 |  Sailing
British 49er pair clinch silver
19 Jul 09 |  Sailing
British pair win 470 world silver
29 Aug 09 |  Sailing
Goodison wins first World title
27 Aug 09 |  Sailing
GB Yngling women breeze to gold
17 Aug 08 |  Sailing

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