Scott building slowly as he looks towards Rio Olympics

01 April 2014 / 22:00

Giles Scott insists he's relishing being back in small boats after his ventures in America's Cup sailing last year.

Scott is unbeaten since he returned to the highly-competitive Finn fleet last Autumn, though insists this week's ISAF World Cup in Palma could see him struggle to maintain that record.

The retirement of four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, means former world champion Scott will never have a better chance to finally earn his call-up in Rio, though British team-mates Ed Wright, the 2010 Finn world champion, and Andrew Mills and Mark Andrews might have other ideas.

“Palma’s probably going to be the hardest [so far] with the big fleet, and the whole international fleet is here, so the competition is very high," said Scott, who fits fourth after a day of tricky conditions in Majorca. 

"But really it’s a process regatta and it’s about performing well at the World Championships in Santander later this year and then, hopefully, Rio. 

“That said, I’m sure I’ll be very annoyed if I don’t win.  Just because it’s not an outcome regatta of the year, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to win – I do."

Elsewhere, British boats acquitted themselves well in the light winds with Bryony Shaw sitting third overall in the women's windsurfing.

World silver medallists Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond are also third overall on the Nacra 17 fleet while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are fifth in the women's 470.

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