Olympic Classes Registration Day

Big queues at the Regstration desk for the pending Olympic Classes, Part 2, of Kieler Woche – which gets underway with racing tomorrow – this morning.  The sunshine has returned, well for a couple of days anyway, and ha brought out the competitors early to pick up their Sailing Instructions.

Am here working with the CHN Team; we have one Laser Radial competitor and one 470 women crew.  Its their first time here and both have brought coaches – so with the Olympic Team Manager and the Official Interpreter we now have more support staff than athletes!

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Very Windy Kieler Woche!

Well of course Kieler Woche is famous for a mix of weather and this year’s edition seems to be following the pattern – stunning sunshine with high temperatures gave way last night to thunderstorms and stormy conditions.  Today all racing has been cancelled – the offshore classes went out for one race but found the changeable conditions very difficult.  Although it was relatively flat water there were persistent wind speed changes from 20 to 40 knots and back again.  The Race Committee eventually decided to call it a day after only one race.

So, the web networks are all busy with people catching up with their Internet time and e-mails …….. the best network available is provided by Helly Hansen, a free secure service – thanks Helly Hansen!

 

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Kieler Woche, 2008

Just arrived in sunny and windy Kiel-Schilksee Olympic Centre – they have a fancy new building for the Technical Race Office and jury rooms, very nice.  Though the rooms for panel hearings are converted containers – might get a bit hot and stuffy with the longer cases!

Am here to work with the Chinese Olympic Sailing Team as a Rules Adviser.  The competitors, coaches and interpreters all arrived from China yesterday so they will be tad tired.  The Olympic part of the event starts on Wednesday through to Sunday so we have plenty of time to sort out the charter boats and check out the conditions.

We are staying is a great little apartment just down the road 10-15 minutes walking, down Schilksee Stra.  Its nice being close so we can walk to the centre in the morning but not too close that the parties – of which there are many – don’t keep us awake!

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BMW Oracle Racing, out of AC32

Isn’t interesting that here is yet another example of the value of good management and leadership.  A team that was wanting for nothing in the material world imploded because of a lack of personal leadership skills, it seems.

Guess we will never know the full inside story but as a management and leadership developer its good to have another example to use ….

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Hello from Austria, ISAF Match Race, Grade 2

This is the second year that Hard Sailing Club, on the beautiful lake of Konstance, has hoasted this match race event.  The club only has some 250 members but what a heart – they worked tirerlessly to put on one of the best match racing shows I’ve seen.

CU

Ewan

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