Sir Paul McCartney sent a message of support to Team GB's 49er sailors earlier on Sunday, in recognition of their boat's name Lovely Rita.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes received the backing as their boat is also a song penned by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Sir Paul wrote: "Wishing you the very best of luck on the Lovely Rita in the games. Happy sailing to you both.

"From someone who loves to potter about on his little Sunfish. All the best, Paul McCartney."

A Sunfish is a small sailing dinghy.

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Paul McCartney, who performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, has been tweeting pictures of himself caught up in the Olympic jubilation.

Morrison was delighted with the message and described the former Beatles as "a genuine legend".

He wrote in a blog entry: "Obviously The Beatles are the greatest ever band in the world - certainly from Britain - and hopefully we can be the best ever 49er sailors from Britain by winning the gold medal, so we're looking to emulate what they achieved in their field on our field.

"He's a genuine legend - he's right up there - so that was really cool, if a touch surreal!

"It was really great, but none of it means anything unless we can go out there and do the best we can do, and as long as we can come away from this event feeling like we've done the best we could have done then we'll be happy."