Sail-World New Zealand: July 28, 2012
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for July 28, 2012
|OK Dinghy World Championship 2012 - Greg Wilcox Bo Svensmark |
For the past 48 hours or so we have been en route to Weymouth, and this editorial is being written at 3.00am as we try unsuccessfully to get our body clocks adjusted.
|Portland, Weymouth - 2012 Olympic Venue Craig Heydon|
The weather in UK yesterday, was good, a bit foggy at Heathrow, but we had a great trip here via Emirates, and arrived feeling pretty good all things considering. The aircraft was packed for the final haul out of Dubai - surprisingly not a lot seemed to be heading for the Olympics.
The connection from Heathrow to Weymouth - also went reasonably well – a short bus ride to connect with a train, and onto Weymouth. Which was a lovely trip though the southern English countryside on a lovely English summer's day.
The train was on time – aside for a small time loss when someone grabbed the emergency pull.
Contrary to what seems to be put over the daily media, the English public don't seem to have caught the Olympic fever. Outside the environs of Heathrow there was little evidence that there is an Olympics underway. But the papers are full of it.
At Weymouth, which for those who haven't been to the old English town, it is just that. Full of meandering streets, old very quaint buildings, and really has the wow factor as an Olympic village, because of its ambiance and history. No new buildings in the town itself, just a bit of signage.
|Solent inshore race - Commodores Cup - English sailing at its best. Richard Hampson ©|
It's a big contrast with Qingdao, four years ago, where the place was a construction site, not at the regatta venue, but surrounding streets, with massive tower blocks being built, and many of the existing buildings being draped from top to bottom with massive sailing murals. A little artificial maybe, but you were in no doubt that there was a sailing regatta happening.
Here the most notable outward sign of an event, is an army of volunteers all in pink high-viz jackets.
|The Tent City - 2012 Olympic Sailing venue, Weymouth Craig Heydon|
We spent about 30 minutes at the media centre yesterday. It is not Qingdao – being a large temporary building – a white plastic tent. And not the magnificent two level complex at Qingdao, which later became their yacht club.
The security is being implemented, with plenty of army and police – who are doing an exceptional job – and are very helpful (and most importantly are accurate with the information they have). Another contrast to Qingdao, where the army and police were a jumpy, unsmiling bunch, who of course only spoke Chinese. But they had a job to do, and did it very well.
|Twist! - PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup 2012 © John Carter / PWA |
Contrary to what we were told, there is plenty of accommodation available, including one great English pub just a mile from the regatta venue (which is as close as you can get) with refurbished rooms available at UKP30 per person per night – and a great ambiance inside as well.
The big issue here, is the weather. Yesterday it was great with a warm offshore breeze, flat water and blue skies.
But the other extreme with plenty of rain, will be challenging.
|Svendsen leads Wilcox and Myralf - OK Dinghy World Championship 2012 Bo Svensmark |
In other sailing news, we have reports from the World OK Championships, in Denmark, New Zealand's Greg Wilcox is leading on the penultimate day of the regatta, by a narrow margin. We'll be continuing the coverage of the final day – so stay tuned to www.sail-world.com/nz
|NZL4374 Isaac McHardie - 2012 Optimist World, the Dominican Republic John Adair|
The World Optimist Championships have concluded in the Dominican Republic, with New Zealand's Tim Adair being the top placed New Zealander in 26th overall. His dad, John Adair has been reporting for Sail-World from the regatta, and we have a final report in this edition.
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