Ben Saxton

Date of birth: 14 June 1990
Birth place: Cambridge
Home town: Weymouth, Dorset

Nicola Boniface

Date of birth: 28 May 1993
Birth place: Eastbourne, East Sussex
Home town: Polegate, East Sussex

Ben Saxton began his sailing career at Grafham Water and made waves as a young sailor, claiming the prestigious Optimist national title in 2004 and being selected for the British Optimist World Championships team in 2004 and 2005.

At youth level he won silver at the 420 Junior Europeans and finished second U19s at the 420 Worlds 2008 in Greece.

Later that year he progressed into the Olympic 470 class, winning 470 European silver with Richard Mason in 2012 before switching to the Nacra 17 class when it was introduced for the Rio 2016 cycle.

Saxton went to the Rio 2016 Olympics with Nicola Groves before pairing up with Katie Dabson in mid 2017, winning the world championships the same year.

When Dabson suffered an injury prior to the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma in April 2018, in stepped British Sailing Team athlete Nikki Boniface.

Boniface, a multihull specialist who has been racing since she was 12, used to compete against Saxton with previous helm Tom Phipps, and the two instantly clicked.

The pair won silver medals at their first two events together, convincing them to make their partnership official for a Tokyo 2020 campaign.