Saturday, November 13, 2010

Britain's Favourite Yacht Race

Channel 4 has just started a new series called "Britain's favourite yacht race" all about the Round the Island race, which is apparently Britain's fourth largest participation sporting event.

Alas the TV chiefs care not how popular it might be, its about sailing and so have placed it in the schedules at 7.25 on Saturday morning. Fortunately there is C4's on demand service, 4OD, and so have just watch the first episode which covered the start.

Well at least up to it. They followed four teams as they made their preparations. Firstly there was the rookies doing their first race and learning how to hoist a spinnaker:
The figures on screen btw is how long it took them - gee, thanks C4, I'm sure they're glad you timed that.

Then there was someone who built his own boat just for the event - here getting it measured.
It's maiden sail was out to the start line - cutting it a bit fine if you asked me but at least it got there.

Then there was the dinghy sailing cancer survivor crewing on a charity boat and getting top tips from one of Britain's gold medal winners:
Finally there were some pros on an Extreme 40:
As is typical for Round the Island races their start was on the early side.

Hmmmm.... maybe 7.25 am isn't so bad and now I know its being broadcast I'll have no excuse for not watching it live next weekend.

Actually I should make a bigger effort and do it next year - its a great race.


Tillerman said...

Hmmm. That "someone who built his own boat" looks like he knows a thing or two about boats.

Oh, and by the way, what are Britain's top three largest participation sporting events? I'm pretty sure that the London Marathon and the Great North Run have more participants than the Round the Island Race. But I can't think of what the third one might be.

O Docker said...

Pub crawling?

Vinnie the Vice said...

ASICS British 10k London Run has more participants than the RTIR.

JP said...

Yup, I was pretty impressed by that self-build boat too.

Will be interesting to see how well they do next week