Shirley Ann Robertson OBE made it in the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive Games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Shirley started sailing at the age of 7 in a Mirror Miracle dinghy which her father built from a kit in the garage of their home in Clackmannanshire, Scotland and they sailed on Loch Ard in the Trossachs. By the late 1990s she had won silver medals at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Europe Class World Championships and competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2000 Shirley proved beyond doubt that she had mastered her class by winning gold at the Millennium Olympic Games in Sydney. As the presenter of Mainsail she has travelled the world covering the sport of sailing – including the Americas Cup, the Vendee Globe and the Volvo Ocean race.
Watch MainSail at the following times (GMT):
Saturday November 8: 1730
Sunday November 9: 0730, 2230
Thursday November 13: 1030, 1730
Saturday November 15: 0830, 2200
Sunday November 16: 1630
"MainSail" explores one of the world's most exhilarating and glamorous sports with host Shirley Robertson. We bring viewers the latest on sailing events, upscale travel, technology and business.