Great Moor look for new Olympic star

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AFTER Great Britain’s sailing success at London 2012, Great Moor sailing Club are hoping to unearth the next hidden talent.

Great Moor sent a team of four young sailors to the National Sailing Association regatta in Weymouth as part of the team representing Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire.

This year’s event was the biggest in the NSSA history with 500 boats and 650 young sailors in a range of sailing dinghies divided into six boat classes plus a slow and fast handicap.

With Amy Richards, Jamie Blake, Simon George and Calum Miller competing for Great Moor, the sailors were tested with a range of wind strengths, from very light to strong and gusty conditions.

After a visit from Princess Royal – who watched a number of races and talked with competitors throughout – the Olympic torch arrived to the WPNSA.

This provided the competitors with an opportunity to a part of the event at the Olympic sailing venue.

The week then ended with Olympic sailor and Beijing gold medallist Paul Goodison handing out the regatta prizes.

In the overall positions, Amy Richards (Topper) came 91st out of 146, Jamie Blake (Handicap) was 23rd out of 39 boats, Simon George (Laser Radial) finished 9th and Calum Miller (Laser Radial) came 
79th.

This year the NSSA celebrated its 50th anniversary and was the last event to take place at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy prior to hosting the Olympics.