Good morning, it's Friday 27th July, and the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony is today - and we're going! We'll be tweeting some pictures as there are a few sailors carrying national flags - so click over to twitter and have a look @isafupdates.
From Weymouth and Portland to London, next stop Opening Ceremony
Alex Kirkland will carry the Bermudan flag. He sails the 49er with brother Jesse and they qualified their nation at the 2012 49er Worlds
Helema Williams from the Cook Islands will march in front of 80,000 fans and all eyes will be on her, at the front, with the flag
Beijing 2008 Laser sailor Juan Ignacio Maegli will carry the Guatemalan flag in front of a packed house. He could do well at #London2012
The one and only Dorian Van Rijsselberge carries the Dutch flag. He's one of the Men's RS:X favourites
And Beijing 2008 Men's RS:X bronze medallist Shahar Zubari will carry the Israeli flag
A huge honour for all of them and great to see sailing represented with five worthy flag bearers
Just been interviewed about my trip from Weymouth to London. Needless to say it was pretty easy
Going to be lots of audience participation tonight in this ceremony. Who needs the gym when you've got the Olympic Opening Ceremony
Pretty blown away by all of that. I take it your saw it... By it I take it you know what I mean....
But not that close, I'm a long way up
And that is that. The Olympic Games are officially open
380 sailors in 273 boats from 63 nations are about to take to the water. Let the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition begin!
Believe it or not folks, that's the real reason - ISAF would have loved to have brought you the tracking but it's just not possible with the way that the right's holders deals are structured. So there's nowhere that you can see it, unless your national broadcaster includes it as part of their coverage...
I believe that Canada will be showing some sailing, if I find out more details I'll let you know, but meantime, I'd search the schedules...
So not much to worry about on the Finn and Match Racing courses, the Finn's are out at the Nothe, and the WMR is in the Harbour. The Stars start later and they are out at Weymouth Bay West, so even there shouldn't see much effect. Of course, 0.1 of a knot difference is all it takes to get an advantage, but no one's going to be battling two knots of tide...!
The cauldron was certainly lit in spectacular style at last nights opening ceremony, and tonight Weymouth will be lighting its own cauldron at 18.00pm. We will keep you updated on all the excitement, both on and off the water, over the next two weeks....