Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  Busy times for Shirley with CNN ‘Mainsail’
20 February 2008

Busy times for Shirley with CNN ‘Mainsail’

I have been a busy lady the past few months, other than competing recently in the Great South Run, I have been non-stop presenting for CNN ‘Mainsail’. We’ve covered the Rolex Fastnet, TP52’s in Sardinia and I had the privilege of interviewing the Aga Khan at his Yacht Club in Porto Cervo.

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Then onto Shenzhen in China for Mainland China’s first ever-big boat regatta, and have just come back from Barcelona, covering the Barcelona World Race, which is run by Cowes firm OC Group. All are very different areas of the sport, the most interesting being the rapid development of sailing in China. The event is small in numbers by our standards (70 boats), but the organisers are investing heavily by purchasing ten Beneteau 40.7’s, spending $2 million dollars on fireworks and the prize giving being shown live on TV for two hours. Undoubtedly there were difficulties; immigration was long and challenging as was the lack or media ribs and drivers, however you got the feeling that it would be sorted by next year. For those that can afford it the culture is very inspirational, the women were always beautifully dressed in designer wear, the cars European, the development of the marine industry for sure is on the same roll. They do however still serve chickens feet at the cocktail parties…yuck!

I’m back in Cowes now for a while, finally in our house. My little girl’s first word was Red Jet, which tells you something about the view. Her second was digger, which tells you about the outside mud garden which seems to be continually arranged into new piles. I am looking forward to our first Christmas in the new home and hopefully everything will be finished by then, fingers crossed!