Some of these teams could really do with some multihull experts though, just watch the GreenComm capsize where pretty much everything goes wrong. They are actually sheeting in during the capsize and dont release the sheet when they right it causing it to flip over the other side. You dont even have to be a pro sailor to prevent mistakes like that. We where watching GreenComm prepare their boat before the races on saturday and you could tell from their bodylanguage that they somehow didnt feel confident.
I've been really impressed with the coverage coming from Plymouth. The commentary is much better than in Cascais. The big breeze conditions really show you what the boats can do, and reward the teams that can keep the boat upright and the gear working.
Agree it seems like some of the teams are pretty green when it comes to cats, it was even more obvious in Cascais but the consequences weren't as great. Overall I think this was an eye opener to some of the teams but also to spectators and TV viewers.
My friend who has little sailing experience and his friend who has none were glued to the screen watching a replay of day 1. He said it was more exciting to watch than soccer and baseball, obviously way more physical. Thats my opinion too but since I'm an avid sailor I wasn't sure how non-sailors would respond. But it looks like they really enjoy watching it.
Sadly, they didn't take our advice on upgrading the checkered flag waver...
However, if all the races are sailed in this much breeze, I will definitely retract my issue with the champagne spraying...
I have some down time (thanks to a kidney stone or something) but had tm e to watch the same day 2 coverage. That was absolutely stunning. The speed trial runs, though, were run at what appeared to be an awful angle.