Monday, 21 March 2011

Olympic Dreams

Hopped on the car ferry from Cowes and had a lovely day out in Dorset. We visited the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy where the 2012 Olympic sailing events will take place.

It was a gloriously sunny day with a cold wind off the sea, what I would call bracing! which certainly blew the cobwebs away and refreshed the lungs after a couple of hours drive through the Dorset countryside.
Viewed some little Pico dinghies going out for a lesson; they got a lively sail.
Had a brisk walk around the marinas and waterside and then enjoyed a warming cuppa in the lovely cafe upstairs overlooking the bay.
I love sailing and especially enjoy watching the racing. It is thrilling to watch all the yachts race in the Solent in Cowes Week. Over the years Skipper has competed in different classes of yachts, crewing for various boats from Sigmas to Dragons.
At Cowes it has been great to watch our professional sailors compete, to watch them gain the edge, push the boat and crew to the limits using the wind, tide, tactics and that magic something to win.
I don't think I will be called up any time soon to represent Britain in the Olympics!! but I'm certainly inspired to take on the challenge of winning the Mirror Dinghy Race Series for 2011 which has slipped through our fingers two years running now.
Our dinghy has had her new paintwork, so when we get a spare moment we will get the dinghies down to the river and hope to get some practise in.

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