Olympic sport of the day – sailing

Team GB Sailors selected for the 2012 Olympics (left to right) Iain Percy, Annie Lush, Nick Dempsey, Lucy MacGregor, Hannah Mills, Ben Ainslie, Kate MacGregor, Bryony Shaw, Saskia Clark and Andrew Simpson during the announcement at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London.JPET April Dorset sailing
Team GB Sailors selected for the 2012 Olympics (left to right) Iain Percy, Annie Lush, Nick Dempsey, Lucy MacGregor, Hannah Mills, Ben Ainslie, Kate MacGregor, Bryony Shaw, Saskia Clark and Andrew Simpson during the announcement at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London.JPET April Dorset sailing
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British sailor Ben Ainslie goes in search of his fourth Olympic gold medal in the final race of the Finn class competition today (Sunday) at 2pm in Weymouth where the regatta is taking place.

Hopes are high for a successful outcome among the home support in an event Ainslie has won twice previously at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

If he were to be successful then he would become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.

At the time of writing Ainslie currently lies in silver medal position just three points behind Danish sailor Jonas Hogh – Christensen after eight of the initial 10 races in a competition where the person with the lowest amount of points wins.

Today’s medal race is worth double points and only involves the top 10 boats from the standings after the previous 10 races.

If anyone in the Kettering area has enjoyed watching the Olympic sailing events and would like to get involved then the nearest club is Cransley which is based in Thorpe Malsor just a few miles from the town centre.

They offer opportunities to get into sailing for young people through their On Board initiative and also adults of all levels whether just starting out, or looking to get back in to the sport with the help of some refresher courses.

For more details of Cransley Sailing club and the opportunities they offer just contact their sailing secretary and instructor John Townsend by phoning 07850 001505 or emailing john_townsend43@hotmail.com.

If you’d like to find out more about the club and what they can offer then you can do so by visiting their website at http://www.cransley.org.uk/