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Shirley's golden wedding; EXCLUSIVE: SCOTS OLYMPIC HEROINE MARRIES.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES

SCOTS yachting heroine Shirley Robertson could not keep away from the sea - even on her wedding day.

Shirley, 32, who won Olympic gold in Sydney last year, kept everything ship-shape as she tied the knot with long-term love, stockbroker Jamie Boag, 31.

The smiling couple wed in a secret ceremony on the Isle of Wight. Shirley, from Menstrie, near Stirling, arrived for the romantic service with dad Iain in a classic wooden speedboat.

Wearing an ivory strapless gown, she made the short journey from the Royal Yacht Squadron slipway to pretty Holy Trinity Church for the 20-minute ceremony.

The couple, who are understood to have signed a deal with a glossy magazine to cover their big day, emerged from the church smiling and laughing.

A guest said: "It was a lovely ceremony and Shirley looked absolutely stunning. It was a very different look to the waterproofs she usually wears. Shirley wanted to arrive by boat, so they arranged for a lovely old-fashioned Chris Craft speedboat to get her there."

Irish-born Jamie, 31, proposed to Shirley a few days after her Olympic triumph. But publicity-shy Shirley kept the engagement secret. The couple, who met at a function in Cowes Royal Corinthian Yacht Club two years ago, hosted their champagne reception for 100 family and friends at the same venue.

Shirley was given away by her dad, a former merchant seaman, and chose best friend and sailing partner Jo Grindley as bridesmaid. Cheeky wedding guests gave the couple a dinghy so Jamie could perfect his sailing techniques with his new wife.

Shirley, who last week entertained corporate clients at Cowes regatta on the island, said: "Jamie proposed after the Games and it was a great moment. We met at a party in Cowes and he loves sailing - in fact, he seems to be sailing all the time. We wanted a relaxed reception with a party atmosphere and that is what we had. It was a lovely day and even the weather was perfect for us."

The Dundee-born beauty regularly visits mum Liz and her dad at their home at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Clackmannanshire.
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