I have always known Great Britain has the greatest sailors. We have some of the best waters and some of the best sailing coaches. And of course we have some great Olympic sailors. In the 2008 Olympics we were top of the medal table with four gold’s Ben Ainslie winning his third sailing gold medal in the Finn class. Surely its harder to win gold in three different games than it is to get three in one games, So I think Ben should have been given a Knighthood. I know that the preparations for the Olympic sailing in Weymouth and Portland is very well advanced. The venue was the first of the Olympic venues to have been completed. There is a big regatta there this week. Let’s hope that they’ll all be using a wot-tac to help them predict start line bias, the Olympic sailing course and trapezoidal course bearings and wind angles.
There are 10 Olympic sailing events and there are lots of countries sending sailors to compete but let’s hope that the team from Great Britain will come ahead of the pack. I certainly hope that we can beat the Australians who must fancy their chances having been second last time.
One of the most popular dinghy classes is the laser. And it is the laser class that has the most number of entries in the Olympics in 2012. There are 48 nations represented in the laser class so all sailors will be pulling out all the stops head of the 2011 ISAF world Championships in Perth. This will be the opportunity for sailors to compete for a registration place for their nation at the Olympic games.
We had another busy week last week. Lots of orders coming through for different sorts of keelboats. And I spent a sunny Friday evening sitting on the side of the marina outside the sailing club planning the trip to Crosshaven for the Irish 1720 Nationals competition. Keep reading my blog for a daily instalment from the Irish nationals over the coming few days. The weather is promising to be really good – ideal sailing conditions.