I just got to the end of the thread So here goes!
Awesome work firstly by anyone who called the IB 60 over the 52 on IRC.
One of my favourite interviews was with Winning Appliances, which I haven't seen here...
I know right???!!
To be clear for the start, I have never brought vision from on the water... Only audio. This year I wanted to make more of a point of not being able to bring vision, and was lucky enough to have a spot with the ABC, which they let me stream and bring to you in vision as well. Was pretty cool to be able to share sailing with the mainstream and then also have something for you guys...
That was what I was aiming to do when I first started taking this to the airwaves... now seven Hobarts ago
Thanks guys this has been my baby for a while - making sure as many boats as possible get love on Boxing Day. I was so happy with the product this year, and only wish that the CYCA could have given me a bit more leash when it came to doing our daily shows in Hobart. We have to start somewhere!!!!!!!
I did the best I could - called every boat around the turning mark at least.
See above and my other post in this thread. But here are the talking heads.... GRRRRRRR! Frustrating as HELL!
Yes please on the above and the below.
And the above is possibly why the stream is so bloody hard to get to. They all want their ads.
I will talk more about the start in my replies to the posts below. Let me just say that I was as frustrated as you were.
Do you know what... I actually didn't go to Customs House until after Ichi Ban got in this year, and then only for one. I was so bloody tired from all the work I had on, and to be honest the stress trying to make it all work when I had to wear so many hats, to try and keep you guys happy and the sponsors, and the event. It really is better for the sport if I can at least try to direct where the resources are going for this event, so I am finding myself in between doing my thing and compromising... WHICH YES SUCKS AT TIMES. On the 30th I had a bigger night, but it wasn't without it's low points including a full-frontal hater session. Will have to be convinced to go back next year after that - long story!
Ok get out the popcorn... we were live on Facebook - which I later found myself was deleted, and then was reloaded to YouTube.
My agreement with the CYCA was that I would do the finish with them as a commentator only, which as you all know has been my baby for a while along with the start "pre game" show, in return for a few things... one of them being that I would have access to more line honours finishes than what had previously been done. I was told this wasn't possible on Christmas Eve.
This made it a little tricky to organise anything for myself, and put me in a pretty tough spot.
I was actually working with the organising authority essentially for the line honours finish, which they wanted me to be involved with (read into this wanted my statistics), for a daily update show (similar to what I had started doing for events that I was working more closely with like the Newport Bermuda), and to do social media takeovers when asked. I personally think I could have been a lot more useful to them, especially with my tech experience, or even getting a drone up... But I was very limited in what they wanted me to do. AND I worked with them, because I really do think they are trying to do a better job, and this was my opportunity to try and help from the other side...
I was also supported to do my own thing by a number of sponsors, and was with the ABC for the start as you read above, because there was no point trying to get vision on the water anyway.
When we finally got back to the dock after doing the official start stream, where I was on a boat and only acting as a commentator (yes I supplied a few spare cables that meant the stream could happen, bought my own assistant who I paid for who was bloody invaluable, and taped as many cables in and down as I could!), I ran down the dock to film from the pier for you guys what was happening behind. I couldn't bloody see who was or wasn't in the lead, so was going off the official event tracker, when I identified that it was BJ in front not Comanche when they finally came into sight around the headland. It was pretty bloody hard to see, and they were 4nm miles behind when I was on the water.
Let me just say that it was a bloody tough morning at the office... apart from being live and watching the racing first hand
Correct as always SS.
Most of those helicopters are in the air with photographers, or for personal collection for sponsors. I can't afford a helicopter, though I think even my Mum said in the finish feed comments that she would buy me one if she could.
If I had my way, I would have done my usual thing and had a drone in the air, and my cameras etc that I have been working with, but I didn't have the budget, and I was limited and in a big way as I pointed out above.
I am hopeful that next year the event will let me do more of "my thing" to bring sailing what it wants, and needs... So I had to put a few bloody hard yards in this year.
And this is apparently what happened.
I have never been allowed to put anything visual up during the start... I am not even allowed to put up footage of boats with their storm sails up. Hopefully I am getting closer to being involved with the inner workings of the race. But I do need a bit of patience while I am half way in, and half way out x
I am scratching my head as much as you are... I do know that the CYCA has no control over what Channel 7 choose to put up. There IS a contractual arrangement in place for X years where Channel 7 have rights to all visual footage relating to the start. This is getting closer to ending, and then I am hopeful that the CYCA will get me involved on a higher level to lift the coverage to another level.
All I can say to everyone is help me to help you have a better experience with the Hobart, and other events... back me up in what I am trying to do and I promise that it can only be better. It is bloody tough to cover our sport, as the owners of SA, SS, and so many more who have come before me, and will no doubt last longer, know first hand. Without sponsors, we have nothing... So hating on everything just turns them away as well. I know it is a bit chicken and egg, but there are people working hard to make it better. I have said in the other forum about the protest that even I have thought "why the hell am I doing this" in recent weeks... And I am tougher than most. There is next to no budget, the hours are crazy and I have zero social life, apart from going to pubs with my "mates" Customs House where I had profanities yelled at me one night. I have messages, emails and comments coming at me from everywhere often... as I am sure so many others do - hell look at this forum which is the original sailing social media - but the die hards just keep going to try and make a difference, and to try and give our sport a future... because lets face it - without media, we don't have sponsors, and we won't have events. Just food for thought in supporting even the coverage that might not be up to events with multi-million dollar budgets. We have to work up to that, and my helicopter
On a good note, I did get to sleep on Christmas night this year for the first time in seven years, and my family where absolute bloody rocks as always while I was in Sydney, and in Hobart - so thanks to my family, and close mates, and my "side-Nic" for keeping me upright.
I think that is all for now... As the Pillow always said, "Girly, keep rocking the free world".