Five members of Skandia Team GBR are photographed for 'Golden Sailors' shoot 21/4/08

Showing their desire to win Gold at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao this August, five members of Skandia Team GBR selected to compete at the Beijing Games, took precious time out of their intense training schedules to be photographed in this iconic ‘golden sailors’ photo shoot.

The exclusive photos are dedicated to Skandia Team GBR’s mantra, ‘Sail for Gold’. The images are a result of 19 hours of photography by Ranald Mackechnie, and over nine hours spent in make-up!

Skandia Team GBR is the team from which the British sailors competing in the Olympic and Paralympic classes are selected.

The Olympic sport is Britain’s most successful. Having earned five sailing medals in Sydney and five in Athens, Great Britain is also the world’s top sailing nation, having achieved a total of 45 medals within the sport of sailing, with more golds than any other nation.

The forthcoming 29th Olympic Games, in which our athletes will be sailing for gold, will be held in Beijing from 8 – 24 August 2008.