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Electric atmosphere in the Nothe as supporters cheer Team GB
10:00am Saturday 11th August 2012 in Weymouth and Portland Sailing Olympics and Paralympics 2012 News
THE atmosphere was electric in the Nothe as Team GB sailed away with two medals.
Crowds carpeting the grassy banks clapped and cheered their support for the British sailors who won silver in both races.
Olympic windsurfer Nick Dempsey was at the viewing site to support his teammates.
He said: “I enjoyed the boy’s race but not so much the girl’s.
“The boys did really well but unfortunately for the girls they took them off the start and carried them off to the far side.
“The girls did great in the pre-start and then got unlucky.
“Silver is amazing but I think they will be upset.”
Hannah Mills ’ family said they were really proud of the amazing achievement in getting silver.
Uncle Charles Cameron said: “I thought in the pre-start the girls did really well and then they got boxed in and it became obvious they were on the wrong side and there was nothing they could do.”
Lorna Cameron, Mills’ aunt, said: “A silver medal is an amazing achievement, we’re all really proud.”
There was a lot of celebrating in the Nothe after both team’s success.
Anita Tipping, from Honiton, Somerset, said: “It was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing up here.
“It was great that it didn’t matter who you’re supporting, everyone was supporting each other.”
Where to watch the closing extravaganza
PEOPLE are being encouraged to end the Olympics extravaganza in a party atmosphere on Weymouth beach.
The gates to the site will open from 6pm tomorrow, before the countdown to the closing ceremony begins. The beach will tune in to the Closing Ceremony countdown at 7.30pm, with the live Ceremony starting at 9pm.
It is scheduled to end at 11.30pm but spectators are advised to ensure their transport arrangements enable them to travel home safely.
The final trains from Weymouth on Sunday leave at 20.58 for London, 21.58 to Southampton and 22.58 for stations to Bournemouth. The last train on the Bristol line leaves at 20.09.
Park and ride sites will close at 12.30am with last buses for the sites scheduled to leave at midnight.
Angus Campbell , Dorset Olympic Board Chairman, said: “There are many ways for people to get to Weymouth and Portland. There are also lots of facilities available for people who want to cycle or walk.”
The Live Site will be closed between 3pm and 6pm before coverage of the closing ceremony.