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Last week saw the announcement of the first British athletes to be selected to compete for Team GB at London 2012. Ben Ainslie, the triple Olympic gold and silver medallist and Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association as being on the startline at Weymouth and Portland for next year's sailing event.

Ainslie, 34, has earned the right to race for his fourth Olympic gold in 2012, gaining selection in the heavyweight Finn dinghy event, while Iain Percy will aim for a third gold in total and a second in partnership with best friend Andrew Simpson in the Star class with whom he won the Olympic title in Beijing.

Paul Goodison will look to defend his Laser class crown on his home waters of Weymouth and Portland, while Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw will look to build on their respective Olympic bronze medals in the RS:X Men's and Women's windsurfing events (Dempsey, Athens 2004; Shaw, Beijing 2008).

The 2010 World Championship-winning trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor have earned the nod to race at their first Olympic Games in the Elliot 6m Women's Match Racing event - a new event on the 2012 programme - with Lucy and Kate the first two sailing sisters ever to compete for Great Britain at the Olympics.

A whirlwind seven months after teaming up and following a string of podium finishes, Olympic debutant Hannah Mills and Beijing Olympian Saskia Clark have earned the confidence of the Royal Yachting Association selectors in the 470 Women's event. Mills joined forces with Clark in February 2011 following the retirement of Clark's former helm Sarah Ayton.

Selection trials are ongoing in the remaining three Olympic classes - the 470 Men, the 49er and the Laser Radial events

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Passage to Portland

The RYA have officially opened booking for Passage to Portland 2012.

This unique event which provides a behind the scenes your of the Olympic and Paralympic venue, special celebrations for the Queens Diamind Jubilee and a chance to view day one of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the online enquiry form or email your name, full postal address and RYA membership number (if applicable) to

Spotlight on Hannah Mills

Favorite place in UK to sail?
Weymouth of course!

What got you into sailing?
A family holiday to Cornwall and wanting to do whatever my older brothers did!

How do you progress from a club sailor to an Olympic class sailor?
By having fun Youth Sailing but knowing when to switch on from having fun to being serious!

If you weren't a professional sailor what else would you be?
Rally Driver!! Though my driving skills might need to be improved, quite significantly

What are your greatest passions outside of sailing?
Windsurfing, climbing, hanging out with friends.


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