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Key dates: Competition goes July 29 to Aug. 11; Finn and Star medals are awarded Aug. 5
Venue: Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbor, Dorset
Big story: If all goes well, there could be a British national hero dominating the headlines. Expect to hear all about 35-year-old Ben Ainslie (above), who will be attempting to win his fourth Olympic gold medal, competing in the Finn class.
Top U.S. prospects: Zach Railey is ready for another shot at Ainslie, having finished second to him in 2008. Bob Willis (windsurfing), Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih (Star class), Erik Storck/Trevor Moore (49er), Rob Crane (Laser) and Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (470).
Others to watch: Brazilian Robert Scheidt holds the distinction of being the last sailor to beat Ainslie at the Olympics, having done so in the Laser class at Atlanta in 1996. Scheidt is now competing in the Star class. Beijing runner-up Julien Bontemps (France) is considered the man to beat in windsurfing. Australians Tom Slingsby in the Laser class, and Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (49er).
Little known fact: Ainslie lost his temper at the world championships in Australia in 2011 after the media boat cut too close to his boat. Angered, he hopped out, swam to the media boat, got on board and aired out the TV crew.