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The SailJuice Podcast with Stu Bithell: 49er winning and 45 knots of SailGP in Slough

by Andy Rice 12 Apr 2019 12:00 PDT
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell win with a day to spare at the 50th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy

Stu Bithell is looking to win a 49er Olympic medal to go with the 470 silver he won at London 2012, and he's also spending time on Slough Industrial Estate, learning how to sail at 45 knots....

Stu Bithell is one of the nicest blokes youll find on the Olympic circuit. Hes also one of the best. Winner of an Olympic silver medal in the 470 when he raced with Luke Patience at London 2012, hes since moved into the 49er. He missed out on selection for Rio 2016 but has since teamed up with the man who beat him there, Dylan Fletcher. A year after Rio, this duo dominated everything in the 49er, winning the Worlds, Europeans and quite a bit more besides. But 2018 saw them have a wobble. And then they got the call-up to represent GBR in the new SailGP circuit in 45-knot 50ft foiling catamarans. Would this be a distraction from their aim of qualifying for Tokyo 2020? Well, not to judge by the way they dominated the first round of the European season. Pretty much everyone was there, including the much anticipated return of Olympic Champions and Americas Cup heroes Pete Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand. But it was the Brits - Dylan and Stu - who won with the Medal Race to spare. I caught up with Stu a few days later, when he just happened to be driving back home from Slough near London, where theyve been doing some dryland high-speed sailing. Apologies for the sound quality but still well worth a listen to Stu...

If you want to find out more about Stu and other great sailors at the top of the racing world, what makes them tick, and most importantly what you can learn from them and apply to your own sailing, head over to Sailjuice.com

www.sailjuice.com/articles/podcast-stuart-bithell-49er-sailing-and-SailGP

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