Saskia Clark, born in Colchester but now living Mersea Island, has secured a silver medal and is now battling to win gold.
Saskia is starting the 470 Class race in second place alongside her partner Hannah Mills. The 470 Class is a 2 person dinghy, named 470 simply because it is 470 cm long. It is one of the most popular classes of boat in sailing schools as it is a relatively cheap boat that is reasonably easy to handle while being a good introduction to high-performance boats. Strength does not play a vital role either, so long as an individual is healthy and fit sailing can be a breeze!
470 Class Olympic Events
At the Olympic Games 10 races are sailed and points are based on finishing position in each race. The worst result for each team is discounted.
Currently Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills have 33 points putting them level with the Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie from the New Zealand team. Both team are guaranteed a silver medal tomorrow.
Saskia competed in Beijing in 2008 but failed to win a medal, finishing in 6th place. Her first medal success was in 2005 at the World Championships held in San Francisco. Following this she won bronze in the 2007 World Championships in Cascais and then silver in the 2011 championships in Perth. Her greatest achievement prior to the Olympic Games was gold medal at the 2012 World Championships in Barcelona.
Saskia and Hannah have been sailing together for 18 months, so are a relatively new partnership.
Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Saskia joined the Royal Harwich Yacht Club when she was just 8 years old.
The Royal Harwich Yacht Club is on Marine Road, Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1AT. Tel. 01473 780 319. They have a website: www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk.