Saturday, 4 August 2012

Olympic Sailing



Welcome to the Olympics from Weymouth and Portland! There are lots of  flags out to welcome both the competitors and visitors.


The aerial photo below taken from the internet shows the sweep of Weymouth bay.


The week started very quietly in Weymouth and Portland.. Everyone had been warned how difficult it would be travelling here and for the first few days many kept away.


On Sunday we took to the cliffs to view the sailing. The boats looked tiny in the distance and of course we had forgotten the binoculars! There was quite a crowd enjoying the competition and the sunshine.



With work commitments Friday was the first opportunity my daughter and I had to go into town and soak up the atmosphere.


There was quite a crowd on the stone pier and this time the boats were much easier to see!


It was quite strange to see crowds in areas of the town which are usually quite empty.


I'm afraid my best photos didn't captured any of Team GB, but you can see some of the competitors from other countries that follow my blog.


Vantage points were found wherever there were good views over the sea.




The Aussies have adopted one of the pubs over in Portland and this new signpost has recently appeared.


We also went on the beach to watch some of the action. We arrived  just as the race was finishing, New Zealand came in first. Sitting on the beach watching the end of the sailing was a great way to finish off the day.


One of the slogans of the Olympics 2012 is " Inspire a Generation", and there is also a free Sports Arena on the beach, allowing people of all ages especially the children, to have a go at different sports. This includes wind surfing and sailing. We watched some sailing and wind surfing and everyone looked as if they were having a great time.



 We have also had some great news, our son who left Uni at the end of May had an interview this week for a job in digital marketing and he has got the job. We are so proud of him, although they want him to start immediately so he will soon be leaving home again for the delights of Devon .It is very tough out there on the job front with so many applicants chasing each job.

Welcome to my new follower Trishie thank you for joining me!

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Sarah x

27 comments:

  1. Hello Sarah,
    Sending a 'big Congratulations' to your boy, this time, for getting this job!! (wonderful news)
    Loved looking at these photographs....
    What a wonderful idea to inspire, by having free taster sessions on the beach also...
    Your blog is like our own personal viewing of the Olympic sailing....hehe.
    Thanking you for the kindest visits over on mine too..
    Love Maria x

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  2. Lovely pics Sarah, the whole Olympic atmosphere is great isn't it? Love the idea of the kids trying out sailing & windsurfing. Congrats & good luck to your son too, it's tough to get anything right now so he's done really well.

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  3. Congratulations to your son on finding a job - it is so hard leaving Uni to an immediate job these days. So well done him! Love your first photo of the bike against that lovely blue cottage and fab flowers.
    Have a great weekend.
    June

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  4. Hello Sarah:
    What an inspirational post in itself. Everything and everywhere looks to be so very colourful and we can easily imagine the atmosphere of the whole town and the fun to be had which you convey so well in your photographs and what you say. And how wonderful that there appears to be no sign of rain.

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  5. Hello Sarah,
    A big congratulations to your Son. What wonderful photos too. I just love the first photo of the bike. It is a post card shot. You can make photo cards just by using that one. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I love the colours of this house too, and the reflections of the boats and harbour in the window.
      Sarah x

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  6. How wonderful to have all that on your doorstep! Congrats to your son. x

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  7. What a lovely post Sarah - and how fortunate you are to have all of this on your doorstep. The Olympics are proving to be much more fun than any of us could have imagined. Everyone is saying what a great atmosphere has been created, and how friendly and helpful all of the volunteers are.

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  8. What a nice post about the Olympics, we look every day to the Tv to all our dutch atletes en medalwinnars and love it all! It is so nice to be a part of it, to live so near by and look at all the boats and sailors! A Dutch guy might win the windsurfing, so we looked at that bay a few times:) Next time i think of you! Lovely greetings, Jolanda

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    1. I saw one of your female sailors winning a race this afternoon on TV this afternoon.
      Sarah x

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  9. Congratulations to your son. The jobs market is so tough at the moment, even for graduates. I love that Aussie sign, they always seem so much fun! xx

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  10. Sunshine, gold medals and your son's job - lots of good news around! Lovely.

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  11. Love the Olympic pictures, bet it was truly exciting.
    Great photos - looks a beautiful location to live.

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  12. hasn't it been brill? i am loving it and only watching it on TV and you are lucky enough to be in amongst it all! xxx

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  13. That looks like so much fun! I'm sure that there was a lot of energy in the crowd as they watched. How exciting! My husband and I are ex-sailors, we sold our boat a few years ago, but whenever we get a chance to go sailing . . . we are right there.

    In regard to your comment on my blog: it was a lot of fun re-doing this bedroom. I say, if you can't visit Paris . . . then let Paris visit you. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  14. Hi Sarah,

    I enjoyed seeing your wonderful photos of the Sailing and hasn't it been fun watching the Games and even more thrilling for you, to be there right where the action is. I love the slogan 'Inspire a Generation'.
    Congratulations for your Son on getting a job and wishing him all the very best.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  15. Oh what fun to have the sailing in your home town. It would be so fun to watch.

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  16. The photos are great, what a fantastic atmosphere it must have been, we watched the athletics last night on the tv so exciting, team GB are doing a sterling job! I will be back for more glimpses of the sea! Ada :)

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  17. I have been watching the saling al the time and congratulations with your winner this afternoon. Great sailer. Lovely photo's and great shots.

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    1. Thank you, we were down there watching it it could have been the Netherlands or Danish with the Gold.
      Sarah x

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  18. Fantastic summer pics! It's been wonderful to witness so much real GB pride so far this Olympics. Little Irish girl should do well in the sailing, not sure which event but I am keeping an eye on her:~)

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  19. What a wonderful event.
    You have taken such lovely images!!!!

    ♥ Franka

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  20. Fantastic pics Sarah, as always. I am envious that nothing more is happening closer to us in Cornwall.
    Well done to your son for his job success too!
    A great week all round!

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  21. how exciting for you! i enjoyed seeing the australian boat in there.
    i think those guys won the gold medal.
    x

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  22. This is really fantastic!! I admit to being one of those scared off by possible heavy traffic :) It looks like it was totally worth it. And congratulations on your son's new job!

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  23. It's more fun than I'd anticipated. Well done son!

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  24. Great photos Sarah, it must be so exciting to see all the action for real instead of on the TV. Hey, there's the Portuguese flag :-)

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