I'd be up for giving the boats a bit more breathing room ala Fastnet style, I hate seeing boats get knocked out of the race before leaving the heads.
It would create little battles for bragging rights on who could be first outside amongst their fleet. I liked watching the oldies during the 50th race. It creates the opportunity to get multi's & double handers involved too. I'm sure Mr Langman & Mr Hull would like the harbour to themselves as well, I'd watch that sideshow while I'm chowing down on Christmas leftovers. It would also give us the chance to see the rest of the fleet that we never see on tv anyway.
And on the TV rant, who else remebers when the broadcast used to be interesting? I can remember watching it in the 80's as a kid and they went shopping with one of the maxi crews to see how much food they'd take on board, then they'd interview some hungover guy eating his bacon and eggs on race morning predicting when he'd throw them back up, they'd actually go onboard the smaller yachts to give the viewers an idea of living conditions, or show how many slabs of beer boats were loading on race morning, or actually asking how many sails they were carrying, how many crew were on board, who did what on board, what their weather prediction was, where the boat came from, who their main rivals were, a camera would be walking the dock filming the CYCA circus so you'd actually have an idea of the shitfight on race day, then on the water they would interview skippers across the water from the press boat, show some spectator fleet titties and actually follow boats from the water so you would have an idea on how fast they were going.
One of my favourite Boxing Day activities is sitting down with a beer with my old man, we've both done Hobart's in different era's and its cool to reminisce about our glory days while watching the TV, but for the last couple of years when the TV has finished we've both turned to each other and said "well that was fucking shithouse". I don't want a Rolex, or an Audi or a holiday at Hamo or watching the same bunch of red jackets I see every year, I want to see some real fucking race boats with people who have real day jobs and have spent the whole fucking year working up to this one event.