He’s had other things to do, what with being Dean Barker’s sparring partner and tune-up helm at Emirates Team NZ in
This news will be disappointing but not altogether surprising for Ed Wright, who won last year’s European Championships, but has struggled to reproduce that form this season. He had a solid World Championship in Cascais last week, going into the Medal Race with a good chance of a medal and a shot at gold. However, he had a poor final race, finishing 8th out of 10 and dropping to 6th overall.
I didn’t get a chance to speak to Ed after that final race, but I did see Skandia Team GBR’s Olympic manager Stephen Park giving him a consoling pat on the back. Last week was Ed’s best chance to prove himself selectable ahead of Ben, but it didn’t work out for him. Ed is a mighty talented sailor but like Andrew 'Bart' Simpson four years ago, when Bart won a World bronze, Ed looks like another great athlete who was simply unfortunate to be born in the same era as one of the world's greatest Olympic sailors.
If Ben succeeds in repeating last year’s runaway victory in
Skandia Team GBR was on awesome form again, doing sufficient to qualify the nation in all 11 disciplines for next year’s limited entry Olympic Games, and finishing top nation in Cascais with a tally of two golds and four bronzes.
You get some idea of the team’s strength in depth when you consider that last year’s World Champions in the 49er and 470 Men’s classes will be going as tune-up for the British teams selected to race in
Sarah Ayton’s Yngling team, which won the Worlds last week, is going to
Here is the full list of Skandia Team GBR representatives for the Test Regatta:
(tune-up/reserve boat – Ed Wright)
Stevie Morrison & Ben
(tune-up/reserve boat – Chris Draper & Simon Hiscocks)
Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson
(tune-up/reserve boat – Penny Clark)
(tune-up/reserve boat – Nick Thompson)
(tune-up/reserve boat – Leo McCallin)
(tune-up/reserve boat – Lucy Horwood)
Nick Rogers & Joe Glanfield
(tune-up/reserve boat – Nic Asher & Elliot Willis)
Christina Bassadone & Saskia Clark
Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb & Pippa Wilson
Leigh McMillan & Will Howden
(tune-up/reserve boat – Andrew Walsh & Ed Barney)