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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oinks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Aug 16 at 8:34am
Watching the 470's sail the final reach to the finish yesterday was some of the most spectacular footage of the whole games imho. For me, thats the sort of TV that might make people take more notice of our sport. For a boat like the 470, endless windward leewards doesn't make great TV fodder albeit the most tactical format.
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Originally posted by nutonthetiller

The coverage has been crap.


So you've several hours of sailing per day, covered on red button and by BBC Sports App, with a commentator team that includes an Olympic sailing double medallist and that is your idea of "crap". What part of this crap-ness would you like to see improved?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Aug 16 at 11:15am
Originally posted by blueboy


Originally posted by nutonthetiller

The coverage has been crap.
What part of this crap-ness would you like to see improved?


2 things for me. Better, more informed main commentator, and (out of the BBC's hands, this one) TV people who don't cut away from the action at vital moments to show a fat man on a beach waving a flag.

But on the whole, I think things improved towards the end, or maybe it was just that some of the racing was very close, and there was plenty of spray flying at times.
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I thought the TV coverage was pretty good. Lots of graphics, cameras on the boats, and the visuals with Rio as a backdrop were stunning in HD. Having said that I'm still not convinced sailing makes much of a spectator sport, I rarely watched for more than 10 minutes or so without getting bored and turning to something else. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote transient Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Aug 16 at 12:44pm
Was crap and got better. Enjoyed the medal races but W/L course was a bit of a disappointment, boats always look better if there's a good reach in the mix IMO. The 2012 coverage was better and it had triangle sausage (the ones I saw), OK the tri saus may be a bit tricky for the non sailing public to follow but it's a much better spectacle.

Rio coverage 4/10
London (weymouth) 7/10

Edit: Although the commentators did their best to drop the jargon there was still too much of it. It doesn't help to promote the sport.

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I found the camera cuts incredibly annoying - particularly at the starts. You would get a good overhead shot of the fleet manoeuvring, a bit of intelligent comment about it if you were lucky and then at the critical moment they'd cut to a stern view of a random boat, or whatever. Clearly put together by people who didn't understand sailing and were just after spectacle.
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Talking of tricky races to follow, what's the Omnium all about?
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Pretty much agree with everything written here, lucky to have anything about sailing to watch, but annoying commentators, cutways to beach, long pauses with nothing, bad camera angles unable to watch both sides of the course to see what direction I'd have gone/ why one side or the other prevailed. Weymouth was better, better informed commentary required even those that allegedly knew what they were talking about graphically demonstrated lack of race craft.

The early Nacra races I found most enjoyable, have never seen Cats sailed tactically before always figured them as corner bashers it was good to watch them having to work downwind as tactically as they had to up on the sketchy wind courses of the early races, I quite fancy one of them.

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Originally posted by transient

Was crap and got better. Enjoyed the medal races but W/L course was a bit of a disappointment, boats always look better if there's a good reach in the mix IMO. The 2012 coverage was better and it had triangle sausage (the ones I saw), OK the tri saus may be a bit tricky for the non sailing public to follow but it's a much better spectacle.

Rio coverage 4/10
London (weymouth) 7/10

Edit: Although the commentators did their best to drop the jargon there was still too much of it. It doesn't help to promote the sport.

Not wanting the truth to get in the way of a good moan, but there were no triangle sausage courses in the 2012 Games. Lots of the qualifying series were on trapezoids with one fleet doing outer loop and one inner loop, all medal races were w/l with a short reach to the finish if the wind direction needed this to get the line close to the nothe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Moo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Aug 16 at 8:35am
I guess the commentary has to be principally directed at non sailors like it is for other special interest sports. There seemed to be plenty of explanations of starting tactics, covering, tacking on lay lines etc.

Given the vagaries of the wind, the size of the area in which sailing takes place and the filming resources available I think overall it was OK.
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