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Sarah Ayton is one of only two female competitors out of a total of 45 in the Extreme Sailing Series, often described as "Formula One on water. Hide Caption. Ayton is the tactician for The Wave, Muscat, which leads the series after six of eight grueling regattas. She argues that her gender is immaterial when she's racing: "I know what's expected of me. Ayton pictured right gained fame as one of the "Three Blondes in a Boat" who won Britain sailing gold in the Yngling class at the Olympics. Despite a change of personnel -- Pippa Wilson far right replaced Robertson for the Games -- Ayton was again victorious in Beijing.
The crew was again lauded as "Three Blondes in a Boat" before disbanding shortly afterwards. For London , Ayton, a mum to two young boys, took a back seat as then husband Nick Dempsey focused on his Olympic campaign, winning silver in windsurfing. Now back in top competition, Ayton is using her position to help spread the popularity of sailing among women in Oman. Story highlights Sarah Ayton one of only two females taking part in Extreme Sailing Series event Briton part of The Wave, Muscat team who are current race leaders Two legs left of eight-stage race left to race with Turkey up next in October.
Sailing alongside the likes of Shirley Robertson -- now CNN's Main Sail presenter -- among others, Ayton won gold in and in the Yngling class -- and even now, seven years on, the tag created by the British media still resonates. Follow cnnsport. It was fun, and in sailing we need those sorts of role models and people to talk about. Right now, she's one of only two females in the entire fleet of the Extreme Sailing Series , a multihull racing championship likened to Formula One by her fellow British Olympic champion Ben Ainslie.
But she barely thinks about her gender when operating as tactician on The Wave, Muscat, which leads the series after five of the eight regattas. More Videos Extreme sailors arrive in Sydney Everyone is respected and supposed to be the best in that role.
If I'm not on my game and not feeding information, I know about it. There is no messing around. I know what's expected of me. It's very honest and upfront. There's no place to hide, which I really love. We all want to win, so the pressure's on all the time. That is not to say the boat's skipper Leigh McMillan and the rest of his crew are devoid of chivalry. You just crack on and be the best you can be at what you do. Ayton says many of her female racing colleagues -- fewer in their number than their male counterparts -- are either focusing on Olympic campaigns for Rio de Janeiro next year or competing in the Volvo Ocean Race with the all-women Team SCA.
Being a mother of two, the series -- which has visited Singapore, Oman, China, Wales, Germany and Russia and next goes to Turkey then finally Australia -- has brought complications for Ayton that the men might not necessarily experience. Sailing billionaire's quest to break records The fourth round in Cardiff, where The Wave moved a point ahead after coming out on top in the 32 grueling races held over four days, was the first time Ayton's young sons Thomas and Oscar had seen her race.
I'm lucky I can have that. The hard bit is actually being at home being full-time mum and getting to the gym to stay in shape. That task has been made easier by turning the garden shed into a makeshift gym so workouts can begin when her boys are settled in bed for the night.
Parenthood meant Ayton was unable to pursue an Olympic treble at London , instead playing the role of support act from the shore to her then husband Nick Dempsey, a windsurfer who won silver that year.
Drama as extreme sailing race draws to a close Sailing on boats of the future They have since separated, and the absence of on Ayton's CV remains a driving factor for another possible Olympic campaign. I can use those feelings around -- I'm still fit enough, still strong enough, I've still got it. Ayton says her Olympic golds are among the happiest memories of her career but, aged 35, she believes she still has plenty of time left in the sport.
Targets include being a female lead in the growing moth foiling race scene and some sort of involvement in the America's Cup, a series she argues is not really open to women competitors. Ayton is adamant her hunger to compete has not diminished since becoming a mother.
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