Omitted Fletcher eager to help

Omitted Fletcher eager to help
By Eurosport

20/06/2012 at 20:57Updated 20/06/2012 at 21:14

Dylan Fletcher may have outshone Britain's London 2012 49er crew at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, but he insists he is happy to turn his attentions towards helping them.

The 24-year-old and partner Alain Sign were overlooked in selection for this summer's Olympics, the sole British 49er spot going to Beijing 2008 pair Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes.

But, with the two boats battling it out on the Olympic waters at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, less than two months away from the Games themselves, it was Sign and Fletcher who came out on top.

While the Olympic-bound duo of Rhodes and Morrison finished fourth, Sign and Fletcher helped themselves to a medal, pipping them to bronze by just two points.

However, there is no time to celebrate, Fletcher adamant he still has a job to do in preparing Rhodes and Morrison for London 2012.

"We were pretty happy with how the regatta went obviously with winning the bronze," said Fletcher, who also saw fellow Brits Dave Evans and Ed Powys compete in the medal race.

"It wasn't our best regatta or our best week as we felt we had let a few points go in a few races but we were ecstatic to get a bronze medal.

"There is tougher competition at Sail for Gold than there is at the Olympics because there are so many more teams so it really means a lot to us.

"It was fantastic having three British boats doing well. Stevie and Ben were really pushing us near the end for the medal.

"But we are chuffed to have held them off and got the medal but now we will be helping them towards the Games and hopefully they can come away with a shinier medal at the Olympics.

"Us and Dave Evans and Ed Powys are their training partners so we will be doing everything we can to help them and that is what is next for us."

Despite having to sit this one out, Sign and Fletcher's performance on Olympic waters shows they are ones to watch.

A sentiment echoed by Fletcher who has his sights firmly set on the next opportunity in Rio in four years time.

"The selectors had a tough time for the 49ers for London 2012 and they made the decision they felt was right," he added.

"It was a difficult one to lump but medalling at Sail for Gold gives us a lot of confidence and shows that we are one of the top boats for Rio in 2016."