A SECOND world championship triumph in as many years has Nick Thompson’s confidence at an all-time high ahead of Rio 2016.

And he is looking to fine-tune his preparations on home waters this week – in the final major competition before the Olympic Games.

The Lymington sailor won gold at the Laser World Championship earlier this year, retaining the title he won 12 months prior.

Despite Rio marking his Olympic debut, those results have Thompson as one of the hot favourites to win laser gold.

And he will try to lay down another marker this week at the Sailing World Cup regatta at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, which is contested from today until Sunday.

The Olympics get under way in fewer than 60 days and Thompson claims he is ready to give a good account of himself in South America.

“It’s not long until the Olympics but I'm feeling brilliant in preparation for it,” he said.

“We’ve spent a lot of time out in Rio as a team and covered a lot of bases so I don’t think there is a huge amount more to do in terms of that.

“Personally, I’m in a pretty good place – winning the world championships for the second time has given me a massive confidence heading into Rio.

“I’m pretty similar to lot of the other sailors this week in Weymouth in that there are a few things I want to work on.

“It’s still nice to try and win the event but it’s not long until the Olympics, so ticking off those little final things is the priority. It would be nice to win on home waters, though.”

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