Up until late 2016, Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell were rivals on the water. Four years earlier, Bithell won silver in the 470 class alongside Luke Patience at London 2012, but by 2015 he was fighting Fletcher for a place at Rio 2016 in the 49er class.
It was a battle Fletcher and his then-crew Alain Sign won; Bithell was forced to accept defeat and watch the Games – at which Fletcher finished sixth – from the comfort of home.
Back on the waters of Weymouth, the pair were racing one another in foiling Moth dinghies when they had a lightbulb moment: why not team up for a tilt at Tokyo 2020?
Within a year Fletcher and Bithell had become a force to be reckoned with, announcing their arrival on the circuit in 2017 with stunning wins in the 49er European and world championships.
Currently ranked number one in the world, the duo have their sights firmly set on gold at Tokyo 2020.