Ashford's sailing star Sarah Ayton will bid for an historic third gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics - even if it means going it alone.
On a day when her former club-mates at Queen Mary Sailing Club braved near-Arctic conditions to compete in their annual Bloody Mary Challenge, 28-year-old Ayton talked about her bid to become the first British woman athlete to win a gold at three successive games.
Ayton was the youngest member of the original 'Three Blondes in a Boat' who triumphed in Athens, and went on to skipper the new-look crew in China when she and Sarah Webb were joined by Pippa Wilson, in place of Shirley Robertson.
But their hopes of staying together for a hat-trick bid in London were scuppered by the organisers' decision to drop the Yngling class from the London programme.
The only alternative to keep the trio together was the Elliott class, but none of the trio wanted to compete in a match-racing format in an unfamiliar boat.
With her long-time pal Webb considering a new career in the media, Ayton plans to race in either the single-handed Laser Radial or
the two-handed 470, where she could team up again with Wilson, who has raced in this class at previous World Championships.
"There will be at least one blonde in a boat trying to make the GB team and win a medal," said Ayton.
"My goal is to win a third gold. Fleet-racing is what I am good at and there will be no half measures. I'm definitely going out there to win.
"Ben Ainslie has shown the way for the men and it would be an amazing feeling to be the first woman to achieve a hat-trick of Olympic golds."
Ayton, who won an OBE in the recent New Year's Honours list, will organise her next bid for world domination from the new home at Weymouth she shares with husband and Olympic windsurfer Nick Dempsey, who will also be going for gold in London after the heartbreaking experience of finishing fourth in Beijing.
"We're very much driving each other on again," said Ayton.
Meanwhile, 280 sailors in 177 dingies from around the country descended on Queen Mary Sailing Club on Saturday for the Bloody Mary race.
This is the 36th year that this prestigious event has been run and almost certainly ranked as the coldest, with the temperature clocked at a shivering -4C.
Sailors came from as far afield as Scotland and the West Country to take part in the first major event of the year, which has been voted by the sailing press as one of the top five events in the world.
Competitors aged seven to 70 needed to be wrapped up warm against sub-zero temperatures that led to ice forming on decks and rigging during the two and a half hour race.
It nearly didn't start at all as the freezing fog across the huge lake lifted only 15 minutes before the noon starting gun set them off with the slowest boats going out first, followed by the faster craft in handicap order.