Q: How do you spell ‘riveting’? A: Q.I.N.G.D.A.O.

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Broadcast crew, flat out.
Boy, was that a long, hot, dull day in the office, or what? The Press Pack assembled at 1200 hrs and leapt enthusiastically onto boats, and shot out onto the racecourse to watch the Finn Medal Race… and did nothing. There were two ‘false starts’ when the AP went up just before the starting signal.

The race eventually got under way in two-tenths of next to nothing breeze, only to be abandoned after slightly more than half of the fleet had completed half the course. Ben Ainslie (GBR) sailed a tactical race, needing only to not come last and not allow Zach Railey (USA) to win, in order to secure his own gold medal.

That doesn’t necessarily make for white-knuckle tv viewing, so it there was plenty of time to wave to friends around the race course. Or see how many had gone to sleep.

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Happy snappers - Ingrid Abery and Jurg Kaufmann.


Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Matt Connors 'resting the eyes'.


Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Carlo Borlenghi looking for some action.


Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. 1603hrs, AP over A, time to go home.


Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. "We know darn well exactly where that mark is..." (Should do with all that stuff on the top of it).


Off for a drink now with Skinner and the Fish…