It was triple Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie who on 19 May, some 54 days ago, left Lands End for the first leg of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and since that time numerous sailors and boaters of all ages have carried the Olympic flame with more sailors still to come.
Last Friday (6 July), 1964, Olympic silver medallist Keith Musto (pictured) took to the streets of Colchester when he ran his leg of the relay and we have a whole host of other sailors taking their turn over the coming week.
On Thursday 12 July, Skandia Team GBR Performance Squad sailor Katrina Hughes will be running the Torch into the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing regattas, before handing over to double Olympic Gold medallist Rodney Pattison who will take the flame from the academy by boat towards Weymouth Beach.
On Friday 13 July, Skandia Team GBR Performance Squad Finn sailor, Giles Scott will be running his leg in Portland, before heading to Swanage when inspirational quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt will take his turn carrying the Torch.
Then on 15 July the Torch heads to Portsmouth when RYA OnBoard volunteer Margaret Hyde takes her turn in the relay line up. Also on July 15, Paralympic GB sailor Alexandra Rickham, will be taking the Torch through Bridgemary, then on 22 July, the day after the RYA’s Sail for Gold Push the Boat Out day, the Torch heads to Erith Sailing Club, when club sailor Aaron Reynolds will be sailing it over the river.
“We are really proud of all the amazing sailors, volunteers and boating enthusiasts who have had the opportunity and honour to run with the Olympic Torch and I would like to encourage everybody to come and cheer them on as they run their various part of the Olympic Torch Relay” commented Celia Edgington, RYA Sail for Gold co-ordinator.
Want to know more about the sailors of Team GB then look out for the new RYA ‘Home of the British Sailing Team’ website which goes live on Monday 16 July.
Want to find out how you can get involved in supporting and celebrating the Team GB sailors then visit www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold