In my last post, I promised to share some sailing pictures. Given that Sydney Harbor is all about sailing, and knowing that ‘Act 8’ of the Extreme Sailing Series would be held in Sydney from 10 – 13 December 2015, I had no doubt that I could deliver.
Other commitments kept me away from Day 1 of the races, but I headed over first thing on Day 2 to enjoy some time in the Race Village before the sailing got underway.
Unlike the wonderful, welcoming, ‘fun for the whole family’ Volvo Ocean Race Village that I enjoyed over many days in New Zealand earlier this year, the Extreme Sailing Race Village had a bit of an ‘Us and Them’ feel to it….
…and offered only minimal pre-race entertainment. A friend and fellow sailor of mine was so put off and bored by the whole thing that she left before the racing got underway.
But I am glad that I stayed. All was forgiven when I saw the beautiful Extreme 40 Catamarans, crewed by talented teams of ‘World Champions, Olympic heroes, America’s Cup winners, and Round the World sailing legends’, head off from the start line.
It was well worth standing outside in the beating sun to catch a glimpse of the action. The only disappointment I had once the race got underway was my decision to add a polarizing lens to my camera at the very moment Line Sonego Team Italia capsized in 30 knots of wind.
I heard that bodies were flying through the air (I was too busy futzing with my lens to witness this). Luckily no one got hurt, and after a time, the team was able to right their Extreme 40 Catamaran and participate in the next race.
Expect more fun to come as Sydney gets into the full swing of summer holidays.