Friday, August 03, 2012
London Olympics: Ian Walker and the sailing family
It was during the Elliot match racing, in the last set of races of the day, in which Team GB was up against the Australians.
To my left was relatives of the home team, namely the Macgregor family, while to my right was an enthusiastic group from down under, namely the Price family.
But always the atmosphere on the grassy knoll has had the feel of a family friendly fiesta.
There are representatives from all sailing countries and they've brought with them their supporters, friends and family from all over the world.
You can guess who these support:
But there are plenty of nice touches here. Though of course I support Team GB you have to admire the likes of Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen and Ireland's Annalise Murphy, and I'm not alone.
There's a great Olympic spirit here; it really is possible to just enjoy the sight of the world's best sailors showing us how it should be done, beautifully.