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Any lack of wind and racing on the opening of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, the last chance to tune up before the Olympic rings move in next month, was more than made up by the rumour mill about machinations within the International Sailing Federation to overturn a decision made last month to throw out the windsurfers and replace them with kiteboards in Brazil in 2016.

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Current Olympic gold medallists Andrew Simpson (left) and Iain Percy took silver at the Star Class world championship in Hyères, France

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Inside a ring enforced by six ground-to air missile stations, RAF Typhoon jets will patrol the skies alongside naval helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job will be to shoot down aircraft that refuse to turn back from the Olympic Park.

Almost 20,000 security guards will be deployed, including 7,500 soldiers and Navy personnel

Snipers, missiles and fighter jets over London: Get ready for a £1bn Olympic ring of steel

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