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Old 21 November 2012, 16:45   #1
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Paralympics 2012

I was lucky to be selected as a Games Maker this year during the Paralympic Sailing in Weymouth. I was part of the Field of Play team and was part of the Sonar race course providing safety and rescue cover for race crews and other course officials.

Here are a small selections of photos to browse.























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Old 22 November 2012, 04:30   #2
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Looks like the equipment took a bit of a battering! What's the story on the RIB and the engine? We were lucky enough to see some wheelchair basketball and some of the Paralympic athletics - Inspiring!
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Cookee, yes some truly inspiring athletes!

The story is that some Tech Official wanted turn the 7.8 Ribcraft without having to do a 3 point turn, well he over powered and rode up the arse end of the 5.35 Ribcraft, subsequently doing damage to both hull and engine!

Poor seamanship to be honest!
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Cookee, yes some truly inspiring athletes!

The story is that some Tech Official wanted turn the 7.8 Ribcraft without having to do a 3 point turn, well he over powered and rode up the arse end of the 5.35 Ribcraft, subsequently doing damage to both hull and engine!

Poor seamanship to be honest!
Was that an ISAF helm?
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I'd say yes, as he was an International Technical Officer.

Why, is the common practise for? Same as not needing to wear kill cords in international events?
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It's the old saying pay peanuts get monkeys. In this case pay nothing, get what you can
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It's the old saying pay peanuts get monkeys. In this case pay nothing, get what you can
I can't say I agree with that as I am the coxswain in the first photo - the second photo is of the Paralympic Course Marshal team.

Also last I heard the RNLI was still a voluntary organisation

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I'd say yes, as he was an International Technical Officer.

Why, is the common practise for? Same as not needing to wear kill cords in international events?
Always an issue when some one else's boat at the Olympics, it went well but there was a rider on helms that ISAF skippers aboard could helm despite you being in charge, not a good arrangement , can't comment on kill cords would have expected that to be mandatory at Olympics or any event where professional skippers employed, Biff has good knowledge of Weymouth events and he tells it as it is
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It's the old saying pay peanuts get monkeys. In this case pay nothing, get what you can
Not true from myself or the guys I was working with!

Were you involved at all?
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I knew buying an 'as new' ex olympic boat may not have been such a hot idea.

On the subject of professional v volunteers at the olympics...

A tale from a water venue where a very professional friend was working...he was picked up for not wearing a lifejacket on a pontoon ..fair enough he says but is H&S going to be imposed imposed to that level on all ? he replies....

'Of course' he hears.... at which point he points out in no uncertain terms that the 'volunteers' are out doing 20 knts in a supposed no wake area with no kill cord in sight and there are swimmers in the water.....

H&S bod slopes off to have words with the volunteers.......

I'd add not all volunteers are that crap ......
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