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Finn sailor Giles Scott Photo: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

Finn sailor Giles Scott  Photo: Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images

Rio Hopefuls Will Compete In The Round The Island Race

By Peta Stuart-Hunt

Team Volvo sailors Giles Scott and Hannah Mills of the British Sailing Team will be taking to the water on board the IMOCA 60 JP Morgan Asset Management Rosalba in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight.

Both are taking time out of their Rio 2016 Olympic training schedule to join this year’s race. London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Hannah Mills is currently campaigning for Rio 2016 with sailing partner Saskia Clarke in the 470 Womens class.  After winning a gold medal at their recent World Cup event in Weymouth they have been selected to compete at the Rio Olympic Test event in August.

This will be Hannah’s 3rd time competing in the Race. She said;

 I am really excited to go round the Island again. I would like to beat my previous time of five and a half hours from a couple of years ago when I went round in a Farr 45. I think I’m going to let Giles do the skippering and I will be navigator.”

Giles Scott is one of the most successful athletes in the British Sailing Team, currently unbeaten for over 18 months in the Finn Class. He too won a gold medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and announced as part of the team to compete at the Olympic test event held in Rio ahead of next year’s games.

Ahead of the Race Giles said;

I am really excited to get out on the water for this year’s race, I have never been on an IMOCA 60 before so I’m really excited to helm that; it will be very different from my Finn. 

I have been to the Isle of Wight a few times, but never been able to venture very far from Cowes, so I am looking forward to going all the way round the Island and seeing it from the water.

It should be a great day and something I’ve wanted to do for a while now – I want to get round in a good time though!”

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