Great Britain to name half its sailing squad a year before Games

The first selections for the sailing team to represent Britain at London 2012 will be unveiled on Tuesday morning with half of the 16-strong squad expected to be named.

Four of the 10 crews who will compete at Weymouth and Portland next August have been selected at the first available opportunity because there are no serious British contenders for their spots.
Beijing gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will be named in the Star class while Bryony Shaw, a bronze medallist in 2008, has been selected in the women's RS:X windsurfing class and Nick Dempsey in the men's RS:X windsurfing class.
Lucy Macgregor, her sister Kate and Annie Lush are also expected to be revealed as the Britain's women's Match Racing team.
In addition, three times gold medallist Ben Ainslie is almost certain to be announced because of his remarkable performances in the Finn class since returning to Olympic sailing last October, a move prompted by the break up of Team Origin, the British America's Cup campaign.
From his first major regatta in April, Ainslie has scooped a string of gold medals winning two of them with a full day to spare including the pre-Olympic Test event at Weymouth in August.

An ability to up his performances under intense pressure combined with a pedigree in Olympic sport that is poised to make him an all-time great is bound to have convinced selectors to make an early call in the Finn class and consigned rivals Giles Scott and Ed Wright to another year of watching the Olympics from the sidelines.
A year before the last Olympic games, selectors announced eight of the 11 classes at the first available opportunity with just the Finn (Ainslie), Star (Percy and Simpson) and the Laser Radial selections left open until later.

 

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