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Region's sailors test out Olympic venue

Windsurfer Nick Dempsey from Norwich in action Photo: PA

Three members of Team GB Sailing from the Anglia region are in action this week, racing on the same waters where they'll be aiming for Olympic gold next month.

Weymouth is the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue and this week it will get a final chance to prepare for the big event as 700 of the world’s top sailors race at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta from 4th to 9th of June.

The event is the penultimate leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Sixty-five Skandia Team GBR sailors competing across the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes are taking part. The event is a must for all those with medal-winning aspirations in Weymouth and Portland this summer, but they are likely to face tough competition on home waters from those who also want to win gold.

Amoung them are West Mersea Sailing Club's Saskia Clark, competing in the 470 Class with her partner Hannah Mills.

Norwich born windsurfer Nick Dempsey and Paralympic Sonar competitor Hannah Stodel from Essex will be keen to defend the titles they won at the 2011 edition of the event.

Racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta began on Monday 4 June with Paralympic classes (2.4mR, SKUD and Sonar) and finishes with medal races for the 10 Olympic Classes scheduled for Saturday 9 June.

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