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16 October 2004, 07:54 am
Future Olympians Battle It Out For International Grants
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Weymouth

This weekend sees many of Great Britain's up and coming Olympic and Paralympic class sailors battle it out at the Holt RYA National Ranking Series.
A Series designed to provide world class racing on home waters as well as a chance to win funding to compete on the world circuit.

After phenomenal success at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where Britain's sailors won five medals, the next wave of Olympic and Paralympic sailors will be competing this weekend at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, the proposed sailing venue for the 2012 London Olympic Bid.

Three out of five of the Olympic classes that are racing over the weekend brought great success for Team GB sailors with Ben AINSLIE winning gold in the Finn, Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD taking silver in the 470 men's discipline and Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS winning bronze in the 49er class. Now it will be a chance for the younger sailors to give the more experienced sailors a run for their money.

Racing will also take place in the Europe, Tornado and the 2.4mR Paralympic class. A total of six races are scheduled for the weekend and after each event a Holt RYA National Ranking list is compiled which will be used to distribute grants and allocate entry places at International regattas.

Round four and five of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series take place over the weekends of the 6/7 November at Rutland Water Sailing Club and the 20/21 November at Warsash Sailing Club. It is an open event and registration takes place on the day. Full details and a list of the current National Rankings can be found at www.rya.org.uk/Racing/Olympic/NationalRankings/Rankings
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