Aug 2, 2010, 12:24 PM
Post #8 of 12
From: Mario Sampaio:
Re: America's Cup on TV
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It is very easy to get things on track re AC. All it takes is a little vision and the will to implement the decisions taken, without compromise.
Before sentencing that without TV, sailing will have no future, it is necessary to work with the existing parameters and make them work…. And that is easy!
Lack of creativity to resolve ‘issues’ is no argument for making pathetic judgements.
As far as the Olympics, sailing should consider dropping out of the Olympics, full stop. Alternatively the new proposed Olympic format can become a small department of sailing, whomever wants to go to the Olympics will have to practice for that specific format, which will NOT be the same as all other sailing events which will continue to be governed by the sailings rules and regulations as is.
Evidence has proven that the Olympics destroy the competition in any class, it will also destroy our sport forever if they go ahead with the latest decisions and ‘solutions’ they have been coming up with, in order to make sailing tv able, and commercially viable. We have to opt: either we continue to sail or we will change our sport beyond recognition. I want to keep our sport as is!
First point: The AC will only survive if the teams adopt their nationalities again. If this condition is not met, the public’s perception will be that the richest wins, as happened in Valencia this year.
Second point: We have not exhausted filming techniques, we have not tried out other ways of filming regattas, from zeppelins above, from ‘inside’ mark roundings, and from on board cameras.
Third point: We have made stupid decisions as to sailing venues, based on commercial and other ‘greedy’ criteria instead of technically sound decisions: there are many many venues in the world where the wind is constant in strength and direction. Why not choose one or more from this long list, where racing can take place on the scheduled time without risks of postponements?
Fourth point:The public really couldn´t care less about technical issues (your sails are not made in your country… but we are using sails invented by citizens from your country…). The public in general doesn´t have time or interest to understand all the complicated issues inside sailing, including the rules and the jargon. The public want to see a fair regatta where the best national team wins. Boats must be one design or box ruled to control costs and to minimize the differences between large and small budgets, this way many more countries will be able to compete for results. We do not want to see New Zealanders in every boat, neither do we want to continue seeing mercenaries change nationality to make more bucks and win the cup for Switzerland or the USA (we want to see Russell race for his country, we know Cayard has Italian blood but is from San Francisco and is an American citizen, etc.
So decisions should be made to guarantee that we will see fair honest honorable regatta sailing again. But if greed continues to prevail, the sailing community will be divided, sailors will want to continue sailing and the greedy ones will keep hiring pros, do the commercial format and make a lot of money, but they will not be sailing, they will rather be acting like circus animals - they look like tigers and act like kittens!