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Patience Reveals New Crew

2013 470 World Championships Elliot Willis

3:21pm 20th February 2014

Portland's Olympic Silver medal sailor Luke Patience has a new partner in his bid to win Gold at Rio 2016.

Elliot Willis will be teaming up with Patience in the 470 Class.

It comes after Joe Glanfield's unexpected announcement of his retirement last week.

The 30-year-old Willis, who won the 470 World Championships in 2006 and 2008 with former helm Nic Asher, had been sailing with two-time Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers during the 2013 season up until the World Championships in August.

The Sevenoaks sailor has since enjoyed a coaching stint with the British Sailing Team's 470 Women's pairings of Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark and Sophie Weguelin-Eilidh McIntyre.

But having narrowly missed out on the sole 470 selection berth for the 2008 and 2012 Games with Asher, Willis admits there is some unfinished business in terms of his own sailing ambitions, and is excited to be heading back on the campaign trail with Scotsman Patience, with Rio gold firmly in both their sights.

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