The sailing star from Huntingdon is tipped to become the fifth successive British gold medallist in this discipline after Iain Percy (Sydney 2000) and Ben Ainslie (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012). And, after taking victory in 16 of his 18 world-ranked regattas since 2012, Scott is one of the leading contenders to claim the Rio crown. The 29 year-old, making his Games debut, said: Im realistic in the fact its not going to be easy. A lot of people have said its a sure thing Ill win which it certainly isnt, its an Olympic Games, its arguably one of the hardest sailing regattas you can do and nothing is given. You cant go off past form, you have to go there and prove that you are the best in the venue to win. For three-and-a-half years winning gold has been the main driving force behind everything Ive been doing, every day of the year. Everything I do on any given day, I want to have a positive impact on my chances of winning Olympic gold, but there are an awful lot of people out there that are trying very, very hard to do this same. Rio is a really, really difficult place to do a sailing event. Its got incredibly complex tidal flows, the topography around the city is about as tricky as it can be in terms of disturbing the wind and the wind you get is generally pretty fickle. All these lead to some very unpredictable racing, which ultimately brings an element of chance. The person who wins the regatta will be the person that has managed all those things the best. I know what you need to do to be able to win races and that is to be able to sail quicker over a shorter distance than everyone else, thats ultimately what our sport boils down to. Im confident in where Im at and I can certainly do it. Only Ainslie (six) has won more Finn Gold Cups the class World Championships - than Scott, whose latest victory came with a day to spare in Italy in May. And having trained alongside Britains most successful Olympic sailor in the build up to Beijing and London, plenty of observers think Scott has what it takes to follow in his footsteps. One of these is Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager. He said: Giles has a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders and he always deals with that incredibly well. Hes always very, very relaxed and he just deals with his own business. But equally he is very supportive, is great in the team and has a laugh with all the other guys. Hes got a huge amount of talent and I really believe he has the opportunity here, not just to win one gold medal but for this to be the first of a number of medals and for him to really go on and become the figurehead and statesman in British sailing. The Finn class is scheduled to contest an 11 race series, with two races per day from today to Sunday before the final one-off medal race on Tuesday (August 16).