Jolly Boating Weather as GB hopes for gold

Great Britain's Helen Glover (R) and Heather Stanning in the women's pair heat 1 of the rowing event at Eton Dorney on July 28 (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

At Eton Dorney, the crowds lining the 2,000m course that is home to Eton College’s rowing teams are already enormous and it is only just past 9am. The system for getting people into the course is incredibly efficient and spectators have been restricted only by the speed with which they can walk.

Even the press have stopped moaning here at Eton Dorney, not least because they can get a hot bacon roll for breakfast.

The rowing competition is all over by 12.30, so it’s definitely a sport for early risers. Which is precisely the reason why I didn’t pursue it myself at university!

An announcement has just been made inside the press tent to say that rain ponchos are available to be borrowed, but looking out in the direction where the clouds seem to be coming from, it looks like jolly boating weather for the moment at least. And to carry on quoting the Eton Boating Song, the Brits here will definitely all be in the same boat.

Come to think of it, perhaps that song was the inspiration for the famous mantra of David Cameron, an Old Etonian who did not row much, that “We’re all in it together”? In a couple of hours, we will know whether Brits are still all together in celebrating their first gold medal of London 2012, or joined in universal muttering about more ruined expectations.