Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to everyone. Sailweb had a great year in 2012 with the highly successful Olympic Games at Weymouth dominating the sailing year as shown by the website stats. The year's overall 4.5 million visitors to Sailweb peaked during the Games with almost 2 million visits in August.

Being accredited to the Games was a chance get a unique insight to a once-in-a-lifetime event. To see the huge amount of work and organisation that was required to make the event run so smoothly. Not easy in a sport such as ours, dominated by the wind and weather, while running to a precise timetable set years ahead.

This year will be a re-build year for the Olympic classes. The Star and the women’s keelboat are gone and two new classes, the mixed-crew Nacra17 and the women's 49erFX open up new competitive challenges. For Team GBR it will also be a time of change as the old guard retires and new faces challenge for Rio in four years’ time.

Without doubt the America's Cup will dominate the news later in the year. The mystic and traditions may be gone but one thing remains - the requirement for money and lots of it. Britain could not afford to join the game but is supplying lots of the talent. Maybe, if the event survives, Sir Ben can pull off something even harder than his Olympic success, forming a British America's Cup team.