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Originally posted by Rupert

Is there anyone on here who would choose to watch sailing on the telly if they could be out sailing/racing themselves at the same time, even though there might not be quite the same quality of sailor on the water as on the TV?

oh christ no... I only watched it online at work* and when feeding kids in the evening.  If I had 'free time' to go and do some sailing myself during the Olympics, I'd have been down the beach at Hayling or at the local pond.

* even work was more exciting than the 49er coverage
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This is something the Tornado Class have been working on for the past few years.

Some of you may have seen Tornado Speed Sailing, we've had some big sponsors across the World such as Audi and AXA on board.

Close racing, close to the shore, quick turn around races, awesome commentator to explain what's happening. Close to the shore also means big wind shifts which can take the sailors from hero to zero.

Do this and the racing never gets far away, you can see and hear what is happening on the boats. The boats also don't spread out as much. You can run up to 10 races in a 2 hour period.

See the video.



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Originally posted by Rupert

Is there anyone on here who would choose to watch sailing on the telly if they could be out sailing/racing themselves at the same time, even though there might not be quite the same quality of sailor on the water as on the TV?


I went sailing Big smile I would watch programmes about sailing/boating (like many of my generation it was Swallows & Amazons on the telly that go me interested in sailing) but it would have to be things like programmes about Thames Barges and the like to get me watching.
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I don't think that you will ever get better equipement for televising sailing than was at Weymouth. I think it was badly used.
To suddenly cut away from a start at 30 seconds to go in order to interview someones bloody mother on the Nothe was totaly Crass.
There was too much zooming in of individual boats too.
 
Wider shots along start lines and gate roundings, cameras filming across the front of the fleet as it moves upwind.... stuff like that to allow us and the commentators to follow and explain things.
 
When you watch a bike or car race on TV, you have a regular pattern of camera angles as the racers go round the track. This gets you used to the format and thus follow the race. If the director is flashing camera angles around like a bloody pop video - no one can follow it!
 
 
In fact.... get me to direct it!  SARGESAIL can do the commentary. Can any of you lot handle computer graphics and on the water commentary and RIB driving and cameras?


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