"I suppose when you get into a sport like sailing, you've got to come up one with Mother Nature, so we planned that we would spend a lot of time here in Weymouth to become local, so to speak," he said. "I think we spent enough time here to say there was no reason why any team would have a local advantage over us. Sure we didn't grow up here like many of the British sailors would have, or that they live here because it's their training base, so we had to overcome that as a nation not being your home nation."
The biggest shock of the regatta was the flop by the Americans, who failed to win a medal for the first time since the 1936 Berlin Games. U.S. Sailing President Gary Jobson said the Americans weren't competitive in any class and promised an extensive review of the program.
It's doubtful Ainslie will sail in a sixth straight Olympics. He's off to head up Ben Ainslie Racing in the America's Cup World Series beginning with a regatta Aug. 21-26 in San Francisco. He'll sail with defending champion Oracle Racing in the 34th America's Cup on San Francisco Bay in 2013. He'd like to head up a British challenge for the 35th America's Cup and try to win back the silver trophy his countrymen lost in 1851 and have never won back.
Outteridge is skipper of Team Korea in the America's Cup World Series. Slingsby will report to Oracle Racing in September, serving as a tactician. Percy is a tactician with Sweden's Artemis Racing.
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