Pair fought tricky start and propelled themselves from fourth to silver

Sailor Andrew Simpson found himself battling Lady Luck as well as a world-class
fleet at last week’s Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – but insists
all the signs point to a successful London 2012 after fighting his way to

Simpson couldn’t have asked for a worse start to his London 2012 test event
alongside Star partner Iain Percy, as the pair found themselves way off the
pace and with a broken boat after just the second day.

But the duo rallied to finish the fleet races with six consecutive top-five
finishes before storming to victory and propelling them from fourth to second
at the death.

After leaving his medal surge late on Olympic waters, Simpson was left to think
what might have been if fortune were on his side.

“Without our broken rig it would have been quite a close regatta for top spot
and we think we could have given the shot at gold a bit of a better show,” he

“But to fight back shows great character and we can take a lot of confidence from
the recovery and us working together as a team and it proves we always pull it
out when it counts.”

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