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I agree, the press conference compere is rubbish, thankfully the skippers are normally pretty good. I particularly like the quotes Spithill comes out with when he is there, the latest was about 'payback for the poms'. I dont think it is the role of the press conferences to promote the sport though, the few non-sailors watching the sailing definitely wouldnt watch the press conferences. The coverage of the sailing itself is what should be promoting the sport.
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I find it hard to see how AC coverage can promote sailing as such (at least as far as encouraging participation), it is so far removed from the kind of sailing 99% of sailors do. I was going to say it's like comparing F1 to casual cycling but it's more like comparing the space shuttle to a penny farthing.

In that respect the Olympics was much better at showing the public what racing a dinghy was about.


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It needs more diversity. Where are the females, ethnic minorities and disabled trans persons?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris_H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 21 at 8:18am
Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

 
In that respect the Olympics was much better at showing the public what racing a dinghy was about.

I have yet to have any feedback conversation from a non-sailor that understood what racing a dinghy was all about from watching the very limited Olympic coverage. If you watched the Olympic sailing in Rio on TV, then its becuase you were already in to it, not because of it. Lets be honest, unless you are in to it, watching the Olympic sailing is not overly exciting or informative as to the sport. Whereas, watching the current AC, IS exciting, no matter where your interest lie.

My youngest brother doesnt drive and never has and never will, but he watches F1.


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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

I find it hard to see how AC coverage can promote sailing as such (at least as far as encouraging participation), it is so far removed from the kind of sailing 99% of sailors do. I was going to say it's like comparing F1 to casual cycling but it's more like comparing the space shuttle to a penny farthing.

In that respect the Olympics was much better at showing the public what racing a dinghy was about.


Absolutely.

....although I don't think increasing participation is the only reason to promote a sport. Increasing public interest as a spectator sport has obvious benefits. In that respect the conferences are crucial, the public cannot relate to a sport without knowing and relating to the participants.

Anyway, IMO the Prada cup so far has done very little to promote the sport in any respect. I've thoroughly  enjoyed some of it though.
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Peple dont relate to the sport, they relate to the personalities IN the sport. Sailing lacks enough personalities. Arguably, Alex Thomson has done more for the Vendee in terms of recognition, than the Vendee management themselves. Were someone like Alex media-fronting the Ineos team, then I could see much more general public interest and TV coverage.
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Originally posted by Chris_H

Peple dont relate to the sport, they relate to the personalities IN the sport. Sailing lacks enough personalities. Arguably, Alex Thomson has done more for the Vendee in terms of recognition, than the Vendee management themselves. Were someone like Alex media-fronting the Ineos team, then I could see much more general public interest and TV coverage.


Thanks for reiterating what I said ( in your first sentence)

I guess the participants didn't go into the sport to promote it (fair enough). It shows. Thinking any suggestion of increasing the profile of the sport is largely lip service?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris_H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 21 at 9:37am
Originally posted by Sussex Lad

Thinking any suggestion of increasing the profile of the sport is largely lip service?

Personally, I think increasing the profile of sailing as a sport is doomed to failure. Racing requires time, effort and dedication to the craft. I hate/hate/hate this focus on "racing" as the only thing sailing is. It isnt - it is a by-product of the activity and enjoyment of sailing.  Promoting it as an activity stands a better chance of success. I know this forum is full of full-on racing people and racing is the be-all and end-all of what they enjoy - but that, in my view, turns off the general public to getting in to the love of sailing.  Anyway, somewhat of a thread drift .....  ;-)


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We cant expect lots people to watch any high level sailing and think about taking it up - doesnt matter if its a Finn, AC 75 etc etc - that will appear way beyond most people.

However - they may be interested in the sport and follow it - like F1 etc.

The AC could be easy for a fan because its pretty simple to follow and (could be ) well covered. The races are short and its one against one. These fans may get more interest in sailing and they/their kids might have a go ?

BUT we need far more racing - this AC is hopeless in this regard. During this whole Aukland event there should be racing going on most days if they want people to follow.

The GP series looked hopeful but perhaps that will die too ?

So whoever wins this cup has got to come up with a format that will includes lots of entrants and lots of racing. Sounds simple....

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"Personally, I think increasing the profile of sailing as a sport is doomed to failure. Racing requires time, effort and dedication to the craft. I hate/hate/hate this focus on "racing" as the only thing sailing is. It isnt - it is a by-product of the activity and enjoyment of sailing.  Promoting it as an activity stands a better chance of success. I know this forum is full of full-on racing people and racing is the be-all and end-all of what they enjoy - but that, in my view, turns off the general public to getting in to the love of sailing.  Anyway, somewhat of a thread drift .....  ;-)"

Thank you Chris H.

I completely agree.  Although I enjoy racing, have traveled for class racing both nationally and to a few in europe. I would still say it is the pleasure of sailing over racing which keeps me coming back for more. This year has highlighted this, without organised racing I have still enjoyed teaching my wife to wire and solo sails on my singlehander just for fun.

 


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