Visiting the Palace

Some thought the Sailboat and Windsurf show flat, others had their best show ever
Some thought the show this year a little flat, maybe a reaction of last years Olympic celebrations when our Medallists were here, there and everywhere and the sport was riding on a wave of golden enthusiasm. With many of the former Olympians off chasing new challenges - this year it seemed it was business as usual. Not that no Olympic guys were around. Ben Ainslie was to be seen all over the show, on the Laser stand answering questions, on the RYA stage answering more questions, but mainly he was busy signing copies of his new book, and anything else that was was offered. HHugh Styles and Adam May were busy at the show and told madforsailing of their hectic schedule for this year. May has just quit his job to go full time and the duo are off shortly to begin their training in Vilamoura where the Tornado Europeans are being held in May. Before the Europeans they will be taking part in the Princess Sofia in Palma and Hyeres. After the Europeans their focus will shift across the Atlantic to the Worlds in the fantastic setting of Martha's Vineyard. High point of the show for May was the 'blow boat' competition on the Holt stand. 70 kits containing a small piece of balsa, some sail cloth, string and some kebab skewers were handed out and it was up to contestants to see how quickly they could blow their creations down a 4m long gutter filled with water. Entry fees raised were to be donated to the John Merricks Trust. While most of the kids taking part were falling faint on the floor having achieved times of 5-7 seconds for their runs or had been disqualified when their topsail schooner rigged piece of balsa had fallen over, May stepped in