Qingdao – last day

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Final day today and we headed out a little earlier as we had a protest to attend. Hamilton was protesting one of the Chinese sailors. However the protest was immediately thrown out as he had not informed the bridge of his intention to protest, even though he had informed the sailor and filled in a protest form and handed it to Race Control. Lesson learnt, read your Sailing Instructions.

It was a much better day for the South Africans, with Jared getting good starts off the bridge end in 5 to 6 knots. In the first race Jared cooked on the beat and reached the first mark in 7th which he held to the finish. In the second race he got to the top mark in 8th and held that to the finish as well, a very good performance for the day. The other also did better in some races. Hamilton 28 & 20, Ross 25 & 25, Eurios 19 & 38, Rivaldo 40 & 32. Damita unfortunately got sea sick and finished her first race but was not well enough to finish her second race so we too her to shore.

The final results were Jared 11th, Ross 28th, Hamilton 36th, Eurios 42, RIvaldo 44. The girls results were not posted as yet.

Prize giving and the closing ceremony was at a Hotel an hour away called the Palace and it was huge! The ceremony itself was worthy of the Olympics, let alone a sailing event. They Chinese paid special attention to the visiting teams and Rivaldo was interviewed on TV (Minor Celebrity Status). The sailors all put on their skits and ours was going well until the music froze half way through the performance but it was not a train smash, they loved it anyway. Bev did the gift exchange and received a lovely plaque from the Chinese.


See you in two days!