Macgregor grateful for support

28 July 2012 / 15:41

Kate Macgregor is thankful to the British sailing team's elder statesmen for helping her prepare for her Olympic debut.

The 21-year-old is the youngest member of Team GB's squad and is competing in the match racing class alongside sister Lucy and Annie Lush.

The 2010 world champions begin their campaign on Sunday along with Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star and Finn sailor Ben Ainslie.

Macgregor revealed she winds up the latter about the fact she was five when he won his first Olympic medal in Atlanta, but was quick to thank such veterans of the Games for helping her prepare.

"He was very young when he first started and there is a lot of experience I can get from him," she said.

"The atmosphere in Portland House (Team GB's accommodation) is amazing. Everyone is so helpful. It is great listening to the more experienced guys and you just have to take in as much as possible.

"Quite frankly we don't know what to expect apart from hearing about what they have experienced before. The atmosphere is really nice and everyone gets on very well, especially at the moment."

The match racing girls kick off with a round robin clash against Denmark and are chomping at the bit to get started.

"I am really excited," she said. "Two weeks ago we had our last week with our own training partners. For the past week or so we have just been working on our boat handling, just applying final touches.

"We start tomorrow so we began tapering down fitness-wise and sailing-wise. We're all pretty ready, feeling fit and healthy. We had our first day in the event boats on Thursday so we got to test out the sails and everything. That was really exciting and we have got one more day before the events start."

The team are considered second favourites for gold this summer behind the American side.

Macgregor agrees the Anna Tunnicliffe-led team pose a threat, but believes it will be a six-way battle to top the podium.

"Hopefully we'll get the medal but it is really close between the top six at the moment," she said.

"It could be anyone, to be honest. I think the Americans, Aussies, French, Russians and us are all really close.

"To be honest it could be any of us, but we hope to get the medal."