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Monday 21 September, 2009
Just got back from a windy week at Weymouth where the world's best Olympic sailors have been battling at Skandia Sail for Gold.
We've created a special page at full of videos and interviews with some of the sailors we spoke to in Weymouth.
You can find it here:
Thanks to my podcasting partner Justin Chisholm of for the on-the-water videos. 
Justin and I have been podcasting all summer, interviewing some of the best-known names in international sailing, and Sailing Talk has proved to be immensely popular. In recent weeks we've spoken to Bora Gulari (new International Moth World Champion), Matt Belcher & Malcolm Page (top 470 sailors from Australia), and Paul Cayard (you've heard of him before, right?).
If you haven't yet signed up, then you can access the full archive of podcasts here...
You can listen to the interviews using our embedded audio player (meaning you don't have to download anything), or you can download the MP3 file to your own computer and transfer it to an iPod or other MP3 player and listen to it on the train, plane or automobile.
Of, if you're into that new-fangled iTunes thing, then you can automatically subscribe by going direct to the iTunes Sailing Talk Podcast link:
Next week we'll be doing a podcast with Torvar Mirsky, up and coming match racing star from Australia who's been doing a bit of giant-killing on the professional circuit.
After the unique challenges (read: no breeze!) of Qingdao, the Olympic sailors can now look forward to a venue that could throw anything at them. Actually, to be fair to China, there never seemed to be any breeze until Medal Race day, when the wind and waves arrived with a vengeance. For example the 49ers did three windy Medal Races (two at the Olympic Test Regattas in 2006 & 07) along with 'That Race' in the Olympics.
In Weymouth last week it was the other way round. Humungous breeze for the qualifying, slightly less for finals but still pretty windy, and then hardly a breath for Saturday's Medal Races.
One of the most remarkable performances was by Tom Slingsby, who after winning two Laser World Championships in 2007 and 2008, hadn't won anything for almost 18 months. By his own admission in our interview with the Aussie, his confidence had taken a real knock, but helped by his coach Michael Blackburn, Slingsby was back in fine style, wrapping up victory even before the Medal Race. British coach Chris Gowers reckons there is no one faster in windy, wavy conditions, and that even the legendary Robert Scheidt would have struggled to beat Slingsby when he's in the form that he displayed last week.
We've got loads more interviews and videos from Weymouth, so take a look at today and find out what it was like. Currently the interviews are open access, for the next week, but after that they will be 'members only', so make sure you see what you want to see before it goes exclusive (or for £4.99 a month you could just be done with it and become a fully paid member of SailJuice with access to more than 170 go-faster articles, tips, interviews and videos....)
We hope you enjoy browsing through these articles and videos. Any feedback on this newsletter or anything else, please feel free to contact me by email:
Andy Rice
P.S. Later this week I'll be back in Weymouth, getting two days of tuition on how to sail a Laser from none other than Paul Goodison, reigning Olympic, World and European Champion. So if you've got any questions...
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