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Beijing 2008 - Sailing

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Sailing is just one of 28 sports being fiercely contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This is where you can talk about all things Sailing in the build-up to and during this summer's Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

Whether you want to tip someone for one of those precious gold medals, talk about the quality of competition, or debate its merits as an Olympic sport - this is your forum.

Over 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in 302 events across all sports - here is where you can get involved.

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posted Aug 19, 2008

Gold in the Laser class. Just amazing Paul.

Cheers for all the effort, it's been great watching you.

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posted Aug 20, 2008

Ballettlover's and Lager_Lout's comments are spot on.

In addition, a sport where it is not always beneficial to do one's very best is actually sailing in dangerous waters (pardon the pun). If the Swede would have purposely sailed a bit worse in the second to last race he would have been conveniently out of reach for the gold medal and Paul would not have had any reason to destroy the Swede's Olympic dreams (i.e there would have been no reason for Paul to effectively hand the silver to someone else). Paul was the best sailor (well done again Britain!), but who was the second best sailor? Until he came too close to the winner the Swede was the second best sailor. So, does this not start to look more like mathematics than sport? I think we can all agree that the sailing rules should be looked at again so that they always encourage the athletes to do their best.

Finally, one can win and one can WIN, and when the golden glitter fades away (yes, it always does) only Paul will be able to say if the way he won was glorious or not. Interesting indeed...

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posted Aug 21, 2008

Have just watched the final race in the Star class. Really exciting, and another gold for GBR!

But the coverage was spoiled by wasting time showing two talking heads in a RIB when we wanted to see the action. We missed one rounding of the weather mark entirely, and a chunk of the vital final run to the finish.

The air was blue here as I swore at the screen!
Grrr!

Let the talking heads do their thing after the race, not during it,

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posted Aug 21, 2008

Why did the BBC ruin the Star medal race by spending two 90 second periods watching two commentators prattle on about the race and the sea conditions when they were so far away from the boats that they had less idea what was happening than a viewer. During the first session we missed everyone rounding the first windward mark and during the second we missed too much of the exciting last run to the finish.
I thought you folks were expert broadcasters. . . . . not amateurs
End result what ought to have been a great experienced was marred
Get it right in 2012

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posted Aug 21, 2008

But the coverage was spoiled by wasting time showing two talking heads in a RIB when we wanted to see the action
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I wish I could find any tornado highlights at all... even with talking heads.

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posted Aug 21, 2008

Loving the sailing, but in spite of changes to the Olympic course (beat and run, repeat) and race format (two short races) to make the sport more spectator friendly, I also find the television coverage hasn't kept step.

Unfortunately, I presume for non-sailors the event is still rather boring to watch: this is mainly, I feel, because television coverage hasn't been imaginative enough to find new ways of actually conveying much of the excitement of being in a race. One example: the camera angle of the last run for the Star fleet, and the other fleets too, are so deceptive (too far forward) it's impossible to see who's ahead of who. I find rowing suffers the same problem. Sort the camera angles out in time for Weymouth, please, organisers.

I liked the computer simulation, which gave a more accurate picture of who was ahead; but I presume the Swedes were pointing higher on the final run, and therefore sailing through the water faster, but further away from the finish line. Something which, I suppose, the computer simulation could not convey: maybe a further statistic on the simulation would sort it, to the effect of: estimated sailing distance to finish for a given boat on the final run, estimated boat speed (based on current speed) to the finish, and hence predicted place.

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posted Aug 21, 2008

many congratulations to the sailing team for a great performance I enjoyed every minute apart from shirley and Rob interupting the Star race at crucial moments. In future please concentrate on the race. Best coverage we have had lets have more between olympics

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posted Aug 21, 2008

does this not start to look more like mathematics than sport? I think we can all agree that the sailing rules should be looked at again so that they always encourage the athletes to do their best.
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That's precisely the beauty of sailing tactics. You don't just control your boat's speed, but also your competitors'. The athletes have 11 races to do their best and they can't always concentrate on their biggest threat otherwise they won't score.
If you think that's bad, you should see team racing!

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posted Aug 21, 2008

thanks cosmic

i presume during the manoevring you have to watch not to incur penalties

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posted Aug 26, 2008

Where was the Tornado coverage?? It is likely to be it's last Olympics and yet often the most spectacular to participate in and watch. Surely a story in itself.
Very very disappointing

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