Sail for Gold day 1 – Mills and Clark dominate + Video
by Ben Baker, Sportsbeat on 5 Jun 2012
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, hosted by WPNSA in Dorset, Great Britain is currently underway. They might be sitting pretty at the top after day one of the Regatta, but Hannah Mills insists the title is far from being a foregone conclusion for herself and Saskia Clark.
Skandia Team GBR sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark competing on the waters at Weymouth and Portland - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012 onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
The 470 women’s pairing were returning to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for this year’s event following last year’s silver-medal winning performance that went a long way to wrapping up their selection for London 2012.
However this time the duo arrived as 470 women’s world champions, having secured the crown in Barcelona last month, and quickly set about exerting their dominance.
In winning the world title Mills and Clark had to fight back from a disqualification in race one, however there was no such trouble at Sail for Gold as the pair finished day one’s two races fourth and first to sit atop the overall standings.
But 24-year-old Mills isn’t about to pop the champagne corks just yet, adamant there is a lot more sailing to come.
'I don't know if we are the favourites,' she said. 'I think our fleet is very wide open.
'I think there are probably four or five girls who on any given day might win.
'It’s nice to be counted as one of the favourites maybe but I think we very much consider ourselves as one of the few that definitely could step it up as it goes on.
'It’s a really important week, it’s the last big event before the Olympics and it’s at the Olympic venue and all our main competitors are here so it’s really important to see where we are in Weymouth in the conditions we get here.'
Investment specialist Skandia is the principal sponsor of the British sailing team.