Great britain olympic sailing

Great Britain's Olympic sailing champion champion Ben Ainslie (R) and fellow teammates acknowledge the applause on Weymouth beach as the sailing venue celebrates the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, on July 27. (AFP Photo/William West)

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Ben Ainslie of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Finn class medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Qingdao, China.

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British sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain practice at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

Sailing into the spotlight Hannah Mills. Great Britain is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history, with more gold medals won than any other nation. With that in mind, this year’s Team GB sailors have a lot to live up to.

bornthiisway:Land’s End, Cornwall, England enchantedengland: On Saturday in Land’s End, Cornwall (the extreme southwesterly point of Britain) gold-medalist sailing hero Ben Ainslie started off the torch relay for the Olympic flame. A dazzling sun rose and shone across the moors and the mood of the crowd was ebullient.

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2012 London Olympics - Luke Patience (R) and Stuart Bithell of Great Britain compete in the Men's 470 Sailing on Day 7

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Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain in the Men's 49er Olympic sailing event

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