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PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 05 July 2010

Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in action at Weymouth.

Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in action at Weymouth.

World champion sailor Nic Asher is hoping to add an extra shelf to his trophy cabinet after starting his quest to make the London Olympics in 2012 in fine style.

World champion sailor Nic Asher is hoping to add an extra shelf to his trophy cabinet after starting his quest to make the London Olympics in 2012 in fine style.

The 23-year-old from Carlton Colville topped the podium at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth last week after he grabbed two seconds and a first on his way to finishing top of the 470 class with Elliot Willis at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue. Asher, who narrowly missed out on a Beijing spot, joined more than 300 international sailors at the first Olympic class regatta since the games.

And the reigning world and european champion, who trained with Beijing silver medallists Joe Glanfield and Nick Rogers ahead of the Olympics, plans to leave the selectors with no alternative for London 2012.

“It's great to win and this is what I have to keep doing at major championships because I want that spot in four years time and I'm determined to get it,” said Asher.

“It all starts again now and our strategy is to go to as many big events as possible and perform.

“Joe and Nick did really well in Beijing and me and Elliot were delighted for them but we want our shot at glory in 2012.

“They'll take some time out now to re-charge and we need to be flying by the time they come back because they are the guys we have to beat to get that slot.”

Asher, who sails at Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club, recovered from a collision to take gold at the Worlds in Melbourne in January and followed it up by winning the Europeans in Italy in June.

And Skandia Team GBR Olympic manager Stephen Park, insisted Asher's Olympic fate was in his own hands.

“Nic and Elliot have had a very good week and a very good year in the major competitions,” said Park.

“What they have to do now is maintain that until qualifying for the Games starts in two years time and beyond. Joe and Nick have won silver medals at the last two Olympics, but that counts for nothing once qualifying and if Nic and Elliot can prove they are the best boat then they'll take the GB vest.”

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