S ailor’s unfinis hed bu sine s s
London’s calling for Olympic yachtie Andrew Murdoch.
The Mt Albert resident narrowly missed out on picking up a medal in Beijing, fi nishing fi fth in the Laser class.
But the 26-year-old is already planning his campaign to the 2012 London games.
“I’ve got some unfi nished business – I’m pretty determined to medal and believe I can do it,” he says.
After leading the competition in the fi rst two races of the nine race series, Murdoch fell victim to the fickle winds on the course, based in the coastal city of Qingdao.
“I ended up on the wrong side of the wind shifts too many times,” he says.
A strong fi nish in the fi nal races of the competition pushed him back up the fi eld, though not quite as much as he’d hoped.
The London Olympics will be a more expensive campaign to run because of Britain’s distance from New Zealand.
Murdoch is hoping support from his sponsors and government funding through Sparc will help get him there.
The Olympic experience also provided him with a valuable insight into what to expect when he has another crack at bringing home gold in 2012.
“I was really happy with how I prepared mentally and technically.”
While Murdoch is currently spending time with friends and family, he says he won’t be off the water for long.
Yachting New Zealand Olympic coaching director Rod Davis was impressed with Murdoch’s result in Beijing.
“Any time you get in the top five at the Olympic games you’re pretty close to a personal best, if not at a personal best.
“It sets him up brilliantly for the next Olympics.”
S e t t i n g s a i l :
After narrowly missing out on a medal at the Beijing Olympics, Mt Alber t ya chtie Andrew Murdoch has his sights set on the 2012 L o n d o n G a m e s.