Opinion: America’s Cup runneth over with blokes

May 31st, 2017 by Lisa Ratcliff

In the Louis Vuitton qualifier series for the 35th America’s Cup we expect the usual wealth beyond all measure on show in Bermuda in terms of team and TV budgets and infrastructure, against the backdrop of the spectating superyacht flotilla. Based on the last two decades of Cup history, I guess we should have anticipated […]

A normal day in Rio

August 14th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

We are on the eve of the first sailing gold medal races (Sunday), in the RS:X windsurfers, and there is a buzz around the marina mixed with relief as last of the classes (49er skiffs) finally began their campaign yesterday (Friday), day five of the competition – a long wait! The Olympic Broadcasting Service helicopters […]

Sailing begins!

August 9th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

We are now living two streets back from Copacabana beach after our big move south from the city. Saturday’s women’s volleyball match was my first ever Olympic event and leaving in the morning with my backpack on felt like my first day at school all over again. Sailing began today (August 8) in an awesome […]

Homeless in Rio de Janeiro

August 5th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

Tomorrow is the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony (Aug 6) and the big move to Olympic party central, Copacabana, so I’ll finish my social commentary by making some comments about the visible dichotomy between the number of homeless in Rio and the number of empty buildings. I Googled recent statistics or articles on the homeless but […]

Battler stories hit the mark

August 2nd, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

The view and the daily routine has been pretty much the same for the past week which has limited the previous variety of good topics to rave about, though we did have Sunday off and hiked to Christ the Redeemer and I managed to score a ticket to the Opening Ceremony dress rehearsal in the […]

Waiting for the customers

July 28th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

At the moment there are no working press at the sailing venue – it’s still early given the comp doesn’t start until August 8 – but lots of people in bright Rio 2016 shirts like mine, plus the workers… the construction guys, electricians and cleaners who don’t have a lot to clean but keep wiping […]

Matchy matchy at the Marina da Gloria

July 25th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

First day today at the Marina da Gloria sailing venue (Sunday July 25) dressed in my matchy matchy green and yellow Olympic shirt, khaki pants that convert to long shorts & green trainers.  I even have Rio branded socks. Gloria is a marina rather than a yacht club with storage, hardstand and launch facilities, huge […]

Sensing Rio’s soul

July 22nd, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

I’m starting to get a sense of the city’s soul just in the kilometres I’ve walked over a couple of days. I judge a city a lot on its cleanliness, which to me demonstrates pride in where you live, as well as values and opportunity. Coming from Sydney’s Northern Beaches which is open spaces, clean […]

First days in Rio

July 20th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

After landing in 29 degree temps and thinking I’d completely packed for the wrong season I made it to the hotel in an overpriced taxi to meet my roomy for the period – Joanne Harris, the ONS writer for rowing. The next three days were spent jet-lagged and inside meeting the ONS management team and undergoing […]

First blog

July 15th, 2016 by Lisa Ratcliff

Some of my generation (70s kids) struggle with the onus on ‘self” when it comes to blogging and social media, however given today marks the start of a huge leap in my career it was suggested I should blog about my experience. I’m heading to Rio to join a team of 32 Olympic News Service […]