I can fully appreciate the frustration for sailors competing with the unpredictable weather - although judging by the conditions in Beijing I'm more than happy to be here.

At least you can see the sun!

We were supposed to have official practice races on all four courses today, similar to that in football with pre-season matches, but the sea was as calm as a millpond and most of the sailors ended up ashore sitting around waiting for some wind to kick in.

There's only so much tinkering, fine tuning or positive thinking you can do. Otherwise it's back to the hotel for guitar sounds, table tennis and DVDs.

There's serious competition on the table tennis front.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes out on water

Joe Glanfield chopped British team-mate Stevie Morrison down big time with the bat last night.

Morrison, however, would have you believe it was just birthday luck (it was Glanfield's special day on Wednesday).

He even tried to convince me in a text message this morning that Glanfield's performance was "far from normal".

In the past he's likened it to that from the "chop suey" school of ping-pong, trying to spin the life out of everything.

Morrison did try to get his own back by telling the tale of Joe's bargain basement purchase of a cheap, generic MP3 player in Shanghai.

Glanfield's helmsman, Nick Rogers, was also in on the act.

It came with 8GB of space and pre-loaded with Aqua's classic (I say that in the loosest of terms) 90s track Barbie Girl. It also included a bonus video.

Nick's was black, Joe's was red, and they each paid £12.

However, without a useable scrolling wheel it's quite difficult to operate, unless you prefer some serious button action.

I'm still recovering from the fact that Barbie Girl was released 11 years ago.

It was an absolute shocker back then and still is now!

Juliette Ferrington will be reporting on sailing at the Beijing Games. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have.


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  • 1. At 6:01pm on 07 Aug 2008, Dave Harris wrote:

    What's the wind forecast for the first few days? I'd hate to see events cancelled because of it being too calm to sail.

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  • 2. At 5:31pm on 11 Aug 2008, Jonnyboy1975 wrote:

    Just watching the windsurfing. I feel so sorry for the sailors with maximum force 2 worth of wind and a muddled swell, what a nightmare to know that they've got to pump around the course and not even put their real sailing skills to the test. It such a shame that countries hosting the Olympics don't hold the sailing in an area of strong trade winds or where its generally windier in their country (God help us in 2012 - fingers crossed for force 5 conditions in Portland for the sailing days). It would make the Windsurfing so much more interesting for the general public being able to see what it's really all about - exciting planing conditions. Will continue to watch and hope for stronger winds! At least I got a great weekend of sailing in Bournemouth!

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