The Qingdao Sailing Centre takes a bit of getting used to. It is huge – the best way to get from the gate to the Media Centre is on a 'Circulating Golf Car'. Lots of media/journos/photogs/broadcast people, as well as competitors, have bought bicycles to get from their hotels to the Sailing Centre, and to get around the Centre itself. Five minutes in Carrefour will fix you up with a bicycle so cheaply that people are expecting or intending to either abandon them or give them away to the nearest passer-by at the end of the regatta.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. The Olympic Seal.
So, having borrowed a bicycle today from a 'Gentleman of the Press' – here is an album of images from around and about the Sailing Centre.
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Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Golf carts for media types - La La and Tinky Winky picked the pink one! Rob Kothe (Sail-World Australia) and Richard Gladwell (Sail-world New Zealand) heading off to the Media Centre.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. "Circulating Golf Cars" to get around the huge Sailing Centre site.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Olympic sailing sculpture and the city waterfront in the background.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. The brand new purpose-built Media Centre.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. The grand sculpture at the entrance to the Sailing Centre.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Regatta control tower.
Dan Slater on a very popular form of transport in Qingdao
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Is the ramp big enough? You can certainly get a few boats up and down here.
Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Media Centre.