sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Mills and Clark begin quest for glory
London Olympics 2012 - Mills and Clark begin quest for glory

'Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, (GBR) racing in the 470 Women class'    onEdition ©

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are ready to complete an emotional journey as they prepare to commence their London 2012 medal quest at the Weymouth and Portland Olympic sailing venue on Friday (3 August).

The pair, who compete in the 470 Women’s two-person dinghy class, only paired up 18 months ago, ending an uncertain few years for the each girl as they both trialled with a number of different partners to campaign for London 2012. Cardiff’s Mills and Clark, from West Mersea, Essex, rapidly established themselves amongst the world’s women’s 470 elite, achieving a national first in May this year when they became the first British women ever to win the 470 Women’s World Championship title in Barcelona.

The 470 Women are the final class to get their Olympic campaigns underway. The pair have been wholly focussed on finishing what they started in February 2011.

Clark said: 'We formed three months before the trials and had no idea after a phone conversation about us teaming up if it was going to work. It was make or break for both of our London 2012 Olympic dreams. To a certain extent the situation demanded we had to make it work, we had to get on with each other.

'That allowed us to put any ego, any chips on our shoulders, or any baggage either of us might have had coming into this relationship aside. There was no time for it and those early few months really set a great tone for our relationship. There’s just no place for high drama in trying to achieve what we are trying to achieve on the water.'

Mills added: 'It was a good position in a way because we had nothing to lose. It was a very exciting time, but just so stressful and intense. Sas and I are so lucky in so far as we totally respect each other and get on incredibly well for two people who didn’t really know each other that well before they got thrown in to a boat. Because of that, we want to do as well as we can for each other as well as ourselves.'




Silver medals at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta and Olympic Test Event, both at the Olympic venue, earned them selection for London 2012, which they marked with another silver medal at the 2011 Worlds in Perth. But it was their performance in Barcelona in May that really gave the girls heart before the Games.

Mills said: 'Winning the Worlds was absolutely incredible. We went there knowing we could potentially win if all the bits and bobs came together at the right time and it did. It just gave us an absolutely huge, huge boost in confidence.

'It was the first event Saskia and I have won together, we’ve got a lot of silver medals, but that was first the gold medal. That’s something we really, really wanted to achieve before the Olympics just to prove to our competition and ourselves that we can win. It’s just given us that extra little boost and hopefully we can do it again.

The Olympic Sailing Regatta runs from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August. The Women’s 470 medal race is scheduled for Friday 10 August (1pm).

Follow Britain’s 470 Women and the rest of the British sailing team at London 2012


by Matt Carter

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100454

1:53 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

01 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Day four unfurling
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics day 3 - Action packed for Canadian Team
01 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics Day 3 - Star images by Thom Touw
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi images
01 Aug 2012  London 2012 – Laser champion Tom Slingsby tracks towards Gold
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Canadian Team has decent day and disappointments
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Finn class - Day 3
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Star class round in a squall
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Finn class - Høgh-Christensen extends
01 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth, Day 3 - Mens Singlehander - Laser
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,


















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England






Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT