The IOC has really screwed it up when it comes to Sailing coverage for the Games purely on the basis of commercial interests and broadcasting rights!!
Sure I can understand that to a certain extent but seriously!
Apologies....rant about to begin
But some good links do follow
What's the go when the IOC overides a sports governing body (ISAF) to be able to provide the one piece of technology - online TRACKING, that has been developed so well at numerous races & regattas over the years across the world with National Ocean Races, major One Design Regattas and the ISAF Worlds in Perth 2011 for all Olympic Classes (let alone mention the AC & Volvo)? One of the biggest things that has united sailors around the world over in watching their sport that we've now been denied of....online tracking. I can't believe that the IOC has said to ISAF & all of us that they can't even provide the ability to online tracking? Geez, we all know at times it's like grass growing for TV but don't they know...short course race online trackers even more important at this level...who's crossing who...who round the marks etc etc. I think I need to find an IOC contact to complain to!
Down here in Aus the designated broadcasters are Nine MSN (free to air and maybe we’ll get a couple of minutes when it comes to the Medal races) OR Foxtel (Pay TV....yes,there’s a dedicated sailing channel – if you want to subscribe to a 6mth contract at min $60-$70 per month...to watch sailing for 2 weeks!)
So the best I came up with last night was:ISAF London 2012 Home Page
From there....I opened up:Live BlogResults Centre
Live Blog - Mark Chisnell & Sarah Roberts did a fantastic job of updating what was happening on the race course last night (Aus time) and responding to questions asked about what was happening on the race course once they’d received feedback from the water.
Results Centre – Click on the class/race and you’ll get wind speed/direction for each mark and rounding times for each competitor at each mark.
Also under Results in the Main Menu of the Home Page…..don’t forget to click on Notice to Competitors….it shows all the Notices to Competitors (go figure….hahaha:) some of which are good reading for the serious sailor that wants to really know what’s going on….. but for those that just want to watch… under “Affects” look for Schedule and click on “View” at the right hand side…it not only lists the schedule of racing for the day but if you scroll to the very bottom it shows “Races scheduled to be filmed live are” and if there are any onboard cameras & which boats.
I also downloaded the London 2012 Results app for my phone (I’m on android but saw the others avail). Was able to set up under My Games my favourites (most importantly the fleets) to go to quickly and although not exactly live (was checking against ISAF site) was still providing a list of Mark roundings during the fleet races.
How ridiculous is it that last night (because I don’t pay money to watch TV) was unable to watch any of the live coverage of sailing in the Olympics, unable to access any online streaming or unable view any online tracking ability because of the IOC.....
Yet, because I was unable to do the Gold Coast race this year I was still able in another couple of windows to the Games be able to watch other mates with tracking, standings & google earth (updated every 10mins!) whilst watching the live blog & mark roundings of Finns, WMR & Star from Weymouth.....OK, call me a tragic (but to my defence I did have the F1 on the TV!
Enjoy the links...and if anyone has any ideas down here in AUS re picking up online feeds please pass on (has any Aussie SA’er tried the Expat Shield thing mentioned earlier in the thread?)
Apologies for the long post...there I was stuck at home sick for the weekend with a lot of mates out playing or about to (Southport & Games)I just wanted/needed to watch...thus the research on the games links.
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