Christina Bassadone, 26, is one of Britain’s best female Olympic Classes sailors. Having represented Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at the age of just 21, Christina has set her sights on success in 2008 in Qingdao. With her new crew Saskia Clark and ranked 11th in the world, these girls are definitely ones to watch at the Games in China. Christina started sailing aged seven at Itchenor Sailing Club, Chichester, in a Mirror dinghy. She immediately fell in love with the water and it wasn’t long before Christina started to race, with her debut being at Junior Fortnight at Itchenor Sailing Club in 1989. Since then she has risen through the ranks, developing her natural talent for racing along the way. Christina was a member of the British 420 Youth Squad from the age of 14, qualifying for the Junior Europeans in 1997 and 1999 and finishing fifth in 1999. In 2000, she finished second in the British 420 World Championship Trials series and first female overall. In 1998, 1999 and 2000 Christina also held the title of Ladies 420 National Champion and became Ladies World Champion in 2000. As a result of her success at junior level, Christina was invited to join the RYA development squad and to sail in the senior 470 class. It wasn’t long before Christina and her then crew Katherine Hopson began to produce medal winning performances in some of the world’s top events. 2004 was a year to remember for Bassadone and Hopson, as they won their place on the team to represent Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Following the Games, Christina teamed up with her current crew Saskia Clark and together have recorded a number of great results on the world stage. Bassadone and Clark won silver at the 2005 ISAF World Championships and have since won medals at six world class events, as well as bronze at the 2007 ISAF World Championships. Christina Bassadone competed with Katherine Hopson at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and they finished 7th overall. Bassadone subsequently teamed up with Sakia Clark and won silver at the 2005 World Championships in the 470s class. This success was not matched at the 2006 World Championships in Rizhao where the pair only finished sixth. Christina was at Southampton University where she was able to maintain her high-level performance through the institution’s sport bursary scheme. She won the 420 World Championships in 2000. Additionally, Bassadone and Clark have set up their own website to promote their campaign for Beijing.