20 minutes ago, nav said:
I think he is taking it seriously but is just a calm guy. Most good umpires I've met are very calm and analytical, which is what you need in high pressure and marginal situations. The umpires also get the dream setup for this cup, the computerized overhead views and boat telemetry make calls significantly easier.It's interesting, the moaning here about these non-leadmine boats and how bad they are at 'match racing. It seems to me that an issue is that they get into (and out of contact) so fast that for the crew and the umpires to predict and determine what will/has happened becomes a bit arbitrary. At 10kn you could very accurately place your bow say within a meter or 2 of the other boat, with a fairly predictable outcome, both in terms of (hopefully non- ) contact and penalties. Now not only do you have to deal with invisible virtual extremities to the 2 boats but also have maybe only a quarter of the time to make judgements, along with virtually no boat on boat practice :blink:
Speaking of umpires - I wasn't really convinced the Richard Slater was taking it all that seriously but that may be just the way he comes across, or because of the issues created by the rule set and the speed?
Mr. Slater takes his job VERY seriously. He is just preternaturally quiet and calm. He is also the author of the RRSAC (Racing Rules of Sailing, America's Cup, America's Cup Edition), and has been instrumental in adapting rules meant for Archimedian sailing to the world of high-speed foiling for both match racing and fleet racing.Speaking of umpires - I wasn't really convinced the Richard Slater was taking it all that seriously but that may be just the way he comes across, or because of the issues created by the rule set and the speed?
18 hours ago, nav said:
Onboard action from the 'Sterncams', great audio, close action, lots of 'issues'...