By winning the all important seventh and last race in the Tempest class series, Alan Warren and David Hunt finished first in the selection trails at Weymouth, Dorset on Friday (21 May) for a place in Britain's Olympic yachting team.
GV Yachts in three classes leaving start.
SV Yacht in Flying Dutchman class.
LV Yacht 88 in Tempest class PAN BACK TO another yacht passing bouy.
SV Winner of the Tempest class Alan Warren in Gifthorse.
GV Yachts in Tempest class passing ship.
GV Tempest class No. 89 who came second Clifford Norbury PAN BACK TO other yachts following.
GV Winning catemaran No. 248 helmsman Reg White.
GV PAN No. 249 helmsman Rob White.
GV PAN No. 225 helmsman C. James
Initials VS. 15.45 VS 16.10
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Background: By winning the all important seventh and last race in the Tempest class series, Alan Warren and David Hunt finished first in the selection trails at Weymouth, Dorset on Friday (21 May) for a place in Britain's Olympic yachting team.
Warren and Hunt started the race knowing that they had to beat Clifford Norbury and Timothy Copsey to be sure of first place overall. The two crews had each won three races and the series was still in the balance, but the day's fresh breeze favoured Warren, a silver medal winner at the last Olympics in Munich. Norbury had sailed faster in lighter winds earlier in the week but in the fresh breeze Warren was nearly a minute ahead at the windward mark and he remorselessly increased his lead throughout.
Although the last races in then Flying Dutchman and Tornado catamaran classes were on Saturday (22 May), the winners were already decided. Rodney Pattison and Julian Brooke-Houghton won the Flying Dutchman class and Reginald White and John Osborn won the Tornado race for the sixth time to maintain their 100 per cent record.
None of the overall winners is yet certain to go to Montreal, Canada, for the team and four reserves will not be announced until Sunday (23 May), but the six are expected to be Warren, Pattison, White and Iain Macdonald-Smith, David Howlett and Philip Crebbin who did enough earlier in the week to make themselves probables. The Montreal Olympics start in July.