Olympic medallist and world number one sailor Sam Meech speaks to Chris Rattue on his quest for Olympic gold, real life pirates, and the influence of Peter Burling.

Sam Meech has been suffering for five days.

Severe hay fever is hampering his buildup to the Laser World Championships in Portugal starting Sunday, and he's having trouble finding the right medicine minus any performance enhancing traps.

"It's not usually so hard but the pharmacies here are quite small and don't stock too much," the 28-year-old sailing ace says from Porto, his voice clearly struggling.

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