struggled at Sail for Gold, where they finished fifth, and endured a sluggish start to the test event after a series of equipment and technical failures.
Percy & Simpson are the reigning Olympic and world champions
However, they improved throughout the week and an impressive
victory in their final race
lifted them into the silver medal position - giving them plenty of cause for optimism ahead of next year.
"The boat has done us proud," said Percy. "She's won us the Worlds and an Olympics but she's a bit on her last legs. We have another one that we are working on and that is what we'll hopefully be using next year."
LASER - PAUL GOODISON
was aiming to go undefeated at Portland and Weymouth leading into next year's Games, but that ambition ended with second at Sail for Gold and
test event bronze
Paul Goodison in test event action
Only an impressive late showing enabled the 33-year-old to claw his way onto the podium. A hard year lies ahead if he is to defend his Olympic title in 2012.
"I need to start a little bit better," reflected Goodison.
"Both regattas I've finished really well and been strong at the end but I need to get the beginning bit sorted otherwise it might not be gold next year."
Great Britain's RS: X windsurfers,
, look in good shape to challenge for podium places in 2012.
Dempsey, a bronze medallist at the Athens Olympics, suffered the agony of finishing fourth in Beijing and subsequently lost his funding.
Nick Dempsey won Olympic bronze in Athens in 2004
However, he returned to form the following year to claim the world championship title and after a win at Sail for Gold and a
silver at the test event
, he is pleased with his progress.
"It's about winning here, under pressure, in the Olympic format, so it's a shame I didn't win, but I'm happy that it's been a great experience," said Dempsey.
However, he has since returned to the sport and partnered by
claimed a fifth place finish at the test event - suggesting their partnership has potential.
As with the test event, only one entrant per country in each fleet is permitted at an
Great Britain's qualification period has already begun and strong candidates, such as
, could be nominated for the GB Olympic squad in October.
In fleets where there are still two or more crews with genuine medal potential, a decision could be left until as late as May 2012.
Although there are a few regattas next year where performances could count towards Olympic qualification, realistically candidates need strong performances in December's
in Perth, Australia to attain selection.
GB RS: X windsurfers Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey won medals at the 2012 test event in Portland and Weymouth
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