6 hours ago, Rambler said:
I'm not the first to observe that sailing is at high risk of being dropped from the Olympics.
As far as the organisers are concerned (The IOC) the Olympics are not about the particiant, they're all about the viewers. The participants are the product being sold.
Sailing is failing because both the boats (except for the 49er's and FX; I can't comment on the board and kite classes) and the format are not viewing worthy.
No one outside the sailing world can comprehend lifts and knocks or broad spectrum tactics, whatever the (usually) usless announcer tries to explain. Tactics at a pile in mark rounding might be an exception. But generally tactical racing makes for bad TV.
So you are left trying to be entertained by someone performing the act of sailing the boat.
And here only the skiff classes do the job.
Get rid of the Laser and Finn and bring in something like a Musto; one for each gender.
Dump the dump truck 470 and maybe bring in a mixed gender skiff.
As for the format, if you want TV viewing, something like we have racing a fleet skiffs on a narrow river is what you need. Boats tacking, gybing and crossing every 60 seconds because the course is set up as a narrow 200 meter wide corridor and only 20 minutes races to keep the fleet bunched. Non stop action and a display of athleticism that viewers can understand. Probably plenty of entertainment too as the activities sucumb to the tight pressure and suffer capsizes and other misfortunes.
A video of our recent regatta gives merely a hint of what you could do; more so if you double the number of boats, add in professional videography and close up or on boat action shots
At what point does an OCS (jumps start) become a penalty turn instead of a return and start properly? Whatever happened to RRS 29.1? Local rules?