Sailing's Big Ben chimes in mainstream media
The biggest sailing story world-wide this week, bar none, was in fact one of the biggest mainstream story of the week world-wide.
|Showman: Ben Ainslie played with the crowd - London 2012 Olympic Games AP Associated Press|
It was six times Finn world champion, Britain's favourite Olympian Ben Ainslie, with all the poise we are used to seeing, taking the London 2012 Olympic torch on the first leg of its journey from Britain's Lands End to London.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that if Big Ben does NOT win Olympic Gold, that will be the British Olympic story, note not just sailing story.
While Ainslie is looking unstoppable, the sub-story might be that the battle for overall Olympic sailing supremacy might be tougher than expected for the GBR team.
The Laser, Laser Radial, 470 Mens and 49ers looking out of reach on current form. While the British team is there or there abouts in many disciplines the next 70 days will certainly be critical, with the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta looming large.
|Belcher and Page on day two of the 2012 470 World Championship - photo Thom Touw Thom Touw ©|
No publicity around it but the AGM of the International Laser Class Association is happening this weekend in Germany. Be interesting to see what happens, after the Fundamental Rule vote failed to have any impact on the vexed issue of builders, trademarks and non supply of Laser and their parts in UK and Europe at the moment.
It's the eve of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 In-Port race in Miami. Light airs expected on Saturday (1700 UTC) in Florida. With two days to go till the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, there's some jostling in store between the top four teams. Spanish leaders Telefonica and Franck Camas and his Groupama team will be trying to hold off the New Zealanders and the Americans.
|170512- Volvo Ocean Race 2012, étape 6, Miami (USA), Practice Day,Team Groupama4, Skipper, Franck Cammas Yvan Zedda ©|
Veteran multihuller and sometime America's Cup writer Bob Fisher is reporting from Naples, Italy for the Fourth round of the America's Cup World Series, where the Australian and New Zealand sailors crewing the two Team USA are being pushed very hard by the French and Aussie Korean.
Lots more news from the UK, Europe and beyond in another exciting sailing week and a great summer ahead.
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