Great Britain's Olympic sailing champion champion Ben Ainslie (R) and fellow teammates acknowledge the applause on Weymouth beach as the sailing venue celebrates the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, on July 27. (AFP Photo/William West)

Great Britain's Olympic sailing champion champion Ben Ainslie (R) and fellow teammates acknowledge the applause on Weymouth beach as the sailing venue celebrates the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, on July 27. (AFP Photo/William West)

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Finn class medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Qingdao, China.

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Finn class medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Qingdao, China.

British sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain practice at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

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British sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain practice at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

Sailing into the spotlight Hannah Mills. Great Britain is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history, with more gold medals won than any other nation. With that in mind, this year’s Team GB sailors have a lot to live up to.

Sailing into the spotlight Hannah Mills. Great Britain is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history, with more gold medals won than any other nation. With that in mind, this year’s Team GB sailors have a lot to live up to.

Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain in the Men's 49er Olympic sailing event

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Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain in the Men's 49er Olympic sailing event

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain in the men's 49er Sailing    Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain compete in the men's 49er Sailing on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth and Portland venue.  /Photo/sport/General/01/31/19/891stevie-morrison-and-ben-rhodes-great-britain-the-men-49er-sailing1311989    Related tags  Highlights from Day 3 of the Olympic Games - London 2012 Olympics

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain in the men's 49er Sailing Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Great Britain compete in the men's 49er Sailing on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth and Portland venue. /Photo/sport/General/01/31/19/891stevie-morrison-and-ben-rhodes-great-britain-the-men-49er-sailing1311989 Related tags Highlights from Day 3 of the Olympic Games - London 2012 Olympics

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain competes in the men's Finn Sailing on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Weymouth & Portland. August 2, 2012.  London, England

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain competes in the men's Finn Sailing on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Weymouth & Portland. August 2, 2012. London, England

Inspirational Moments: Olympic celebrations - QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 19: Paul Goodison of Great Britain celebrates overall victory in the Laser class event following the medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Inspirational Moments: Olympic celebrations - QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 19: Paul Goodison of Great Britain celebrates overall victory in the Laser class event following the medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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