Racing starts tomorrow in the Olympic sailing venue of Weymouth and Portland, and with Ben Ainslie hot favourite to secure the home nation's first gold medal in the competition, it was appropriate that he should be the one to light the flame to mark the start of the competition.
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition runs from 29 July to 12 August and brings together 380 of the world's best sailors to race on Weymouth Bay.
Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has appeared at every Olympic Games since 1908. In 2012 athletes from 63 nations are competing across 10 Olympic sailing events.
See our related articles Britain’s best Olympic sailing team ever: our medal predictions and The boats that are set to power the Olympic Games and Focus on Sid Howlett: coach to Ben Ainslie, and watch out for regular updates during the competition.