Volvo Youth Worlds videos; when trying to be uber cool becomes annoying
Note: I would like to clarify that my negative comment doesn't refer to the fact the sailor kids speak in their native language. On the contrary, I find it is a very good idea as they send a message back to their families, friends at the yacht clubs or their local sailing federations. In addition, being teenagers it is perfectly understandable they might not be fluent in English if it's not their native language. It is a pity though that the producers thought it would be cool to have loud music over the sailor voices so that their message gets lost. No matter what language they might be speaking it is very hard to hear what they are saying.
As for the actual sailing footage, it is a fact that you can't make miracles if there is a very light breeze. Still, if the aim is to get across the message from the teenage sailors why not put for a tiny GoPro Hero camera on the mast, underneath the boom and show the sailors in action, speaking in their native language during an actual race?
Since I started Valencia Sailing I have always refrained from ranting or complaining and just tried to stick to the facts as well as I could. However, after watching the second video in a row from the Volvo Youth Worlds, currently taking place in Istanbul, I can't avoid criticizing their quality. It seems the TV production company went overboard trying to be uber cool with their music. I do understand that adding music to raw sailing footage can make the videos more exciting or even less boring for the non-sailing audiences but what's the point in interviewing the poor kids when you can barely hear what they are saying, no matter what language they are speaking? In addition, the actual footage from the water leaves a lot to be desired.
I hope BMW Oracle doesn't consider that kind of video as a guide for TV production in the 34th America's Cup. If that's the best the sport of sailing can produce, the future doesn't look bright. Judge for yourselves...
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