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A Truly Golden Experience: Ainslie, Simmer and Scott racing Etchells in the Solent

by Laurence Mead 14 Jun 2018 11:29 BST 23-24 June 2018
Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy 2016 © Alex Irwin / www.sportography.tv

One of the great things about sailing is the old adage that you get to play on the same course as Tiger Woods. It's an idea which most of us are aware of, the dream of getting on the course with the best.

But unlike golf, in sailing it it really is true, as the Solent Etchells fleet will find out on June 23rd and 24th when one of the greatest collections of gold medals and Americas cup wins in history will settle themselves in an Etchells and do battle with the weekend warriors for the Royal Yacht Squadron's Sir Kenneth Preston trophy.

Among the fleet there have been a fair few boats called The Trio based on the fact that it was traditionally a three-man boat (now sailed by a lot of smaller crews 4-up) but it is hard to imagine a more successful trio than Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott and Grant Simmer who will make up this trio. Between them they have five Olympic Gold medals, one Silver, five Americas cup wins as either sailor or design coordinator and an astonishing eight Finn World Championships

The Trio will line up in perhaps the Solent's most competitive one-design class, although it should be noted that Ainslie and Simmer have both finished on the podium at previous Etchells world Championships so it's not exactly all new to them.

For details on how to join the fleet or for charter options for Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy contact David Franks +44 7768 063868

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