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Skandia Team GBR in a 49er Race

by Alex Dotsch
(London, UK)

The film captures an Olympic class 49er race where the hero Skandia Team GBR crew wins. The race footage is overlaid with graphics designed to explain the maths being calculated behind the sailors' decisions on the water.

The film works to communicate the sheer extent of thought, care, precision, professionalism and analysis that goes into Skandia Team GBR sailors winning a race, drawing a correlation between Skandia Team GBR's painstaking efforts to achieve success and Skandia's meticulous approach to investment to ensure their clients financial goals are met.

The two sailors in the film are John Pink and Rick Peacock.

The 49er is a newer one-design class of small sailing dinghy. It is a double handed twin trapeze boat, meaning that it is sailed by a helm and a crew, the helm making many tactical decisions, as well as steering, and the crew doing most of the sail control.

The 49er is one of the most exhilarating of all of the Olympic Classes, providing exciting racing over short courses. With a huge sail area (consisting of mainsail, jib and asymmetric spinnaker), twin trapezes and an ultra light hull it can reach up to 30 knots in speed.

The boat requires the crew to have a high level of agility and athleticism as they must make rapid, and often acrobatic, movements. Designed by Australian architect Julian Bethwaite in 1995, the class made its debut at the 2000 Sydney Games where GB sailors Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks won silver. Hiscocks made the podium again at the Athens 2004 Games where he and helmsman Chris Draper won bronze.

Skandia Team GBR is the British sailing team sailing in the Olympic classes. It is from this team that the Olympic sailors are selected.

The reason Skandia Team GBR exists is to provide the training and support facilities to develop sailors who can be put forward for Olympic selection and be good enough to win medals for Britain. No sailor can be selected for the Olympic team unless they have been part of Skandia Team GBR. Skandia has been title sponsor of Skandia Team GBR since January 2006.

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Exciting, yes!
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Times have certainly been a-changin' since I sailed my fastest boat, the FD.
But the graphics, I think, are superfluous, because what they explain has certainly not been subject to change. However, for starting sailors they may be a help.

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