Free tellies for the team

The triumphant gold medal-winning sailors from the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games reunited today to receive an early Christmas present.

Ben Ainslie (Finn), Paul Goodison (Laser), Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (Star) and the three “blondes in a boat” Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson (Yngling)
took time out of the RYA World Class Programme day at East Horton Golf Club,
Hampshire, to each receive a 32″ Panasonic Viera television with HD Freesat
built in and a Blu-ray player enabling them to replay their magic moments
from Beijing.

Ainslie, recently crowned ISAF Sailor of the Year for the third time, said:
“This is a fantastic gift from everyone at Panasonic and a great reminder of
the experiences we all had out in Beijing this summer. We’ve all been pretty
busy since we got back in August; training, travelling and working on other
projects so to get together today and receive our first Christmas presents
is great. I’m just pleased that someone from Panasonic is going to teach us
how to set it up!”