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Patience Looking For New Partner

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11:40am 14th February 2014

Portland's Olympic silver medal winning sailor Luke Patience will continue with his quest for gold at Rio 2016 - but with a new partner.

His pairing in the 470 Class with Joe Glanfield has come to an end.

Joe's announced his retirement with immediate effect, stating the training needed was taking too much of a toll on his professional and family life.

"As Luke and I sailed it became quite clear what we felt was required to win a gold in Rio, and I increasingly felt as though it was going to be difficult for me to do exactly what was required," explained Exmouth's Glanfield, whose children range in age from 15 years to six months old.

"With both of us having won silver medals before, as soon as you start to get the feeling that you can't do the campaign that's needed to win a gold then it starts to become a bit pointless.

"For me once I saw a conflict between doing a gold medal-winning campaign and living the life I want to live with my family then it became clear to me that the answer was to stop now and allow Luke to get on with someone else."

"My life has moved on more than I anticipated from four years ago.  What I would need to be prepared to sacrifice and compromise is a bit higher than I am prepared to."

Scotsman Patience equally has no regrets about his time sailing with Glanfield, but with the Olympic flame still burning, he will now set about finding the right new crew with whom to further his Rio gold medal-winning ambitions.

"We all do this for very specific individual reasons, and if one cannot reach a comfortable place for the reasons they were doing it then they cannot perform at their best," said the 27-year-old Patience of his teammate's decision to retire.

"I completely understand Joe's reasoning behind that - he felt like he couldn't be at his best and that's not OK for him.  I totally understand and respect that.

"He's had an absolutely fantastic career in the boat and he's come out as one of the most successful crews in the history of the 470 and has so much to be proud of.

"I feel sad for him that he's departing the 470, but it's the right decision for the right reasons."

"For me, I live and breathe the Olympics - it flows in my blood, I'm obsessed! My drive and motivation for the goal hasn't wavered at all through this," Patience continued.

Work's now being done to find Patience a new partner to give him the best possible chance of winning Gold at Rio.



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