Friday, November 12, 2010

Spot the differences

The first photo is from the opening ceremony of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai, on Friday evening. The second photo is from the opening ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Galway, Ireland in late May 2009.

Given the ongoing discussions on how to make the sport of sailing more attractive to a general audience, I have to admit the following two pictures captured my attention. Can you spot the main difference between them? They were both taken during the opening ceremonies of two major sailing events, or at least considered major amongst the sailing community.

Less than a hundred spectators watch this opening ceremony, a number of them related to the teams or the organization

Thousands of people from all walks of life defy the harsh weather and flock to the opening ceremony of this sailing event

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At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Can you spot the main difference between them?"


The sailors in the top photo event are much better, and so is the weather!

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read something about a "Sailing Arena" in Rio, does anyone know further about this?

At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sailors on the top photo are not even real sailors and are paid an obscenity to play "indoor sailing".

The sailors on the bottom photo are real sailors. Sea men that go in the ocean and can deal with the seas and the wind. At the same time as dealing with the complexity of large scale weather strategy to try and arrive in front of the other competitors.
At the same time as dealing with the lack of sleep, the maintenance of the boat's systems and all the on board tasks that are vital to the yacht and the man.

At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One is a real sporting event the other was an ill conceived sham.

At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sailors in the bottom photo event arrived doing 25-30 knots having raced around the planet for nine months.....not on camels...and it's exciting to follow them!

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sailors in the bottom photo event have raced around the planet for nine months, and arrived doing 25-30 knots....not on camels....and it's exiting to watch and follow them

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pic #1: Sailors that sleep in 5 star hotels and still manage to complain about the aircon not working properly.

pic #2: Sailors that sleep on the top of wet sails and various gear in a carbon shell launched at speed.

pic #3 (should be a Vendee Globe photo): Sailors that do the same as pic #2 but on their own and for 3 months at a time.

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair though Pierre you should perhaps pull up a photo of Valencia 2007 as Alinghi came in to the Darsena.
Now that was an event.
Lets give Ernesto some credit for once. He made that huge.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget SF or Rome.

Bring the Cup to Galway.

It's not too late to save the Cup.

The campaign starts here, show your support.

"AC34 Galway, free beer for the first team to sign up"

Now thats how you sell sailing!!

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there and though I agree with allot of you, you have to remember this is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It doesn't matter how large the sporting event is here, the local people simply aren't interested.

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

go the volvo!

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair to assume there is a lot less alcohol involved in Dubai... The timing of the VOR finish there was a freak. It was a Saturday night, bars close at 0200, E4 arrives around 0300... No where for the pissed locals to get a beer, so they went to the port. Could've been 10 pin bowling. The Irish just had an excuse for 24hr bender!

I worked with a VOR team in the last race, i can tell you that Galway was an exception and in most stopovers no one cared. For example, in Singapore there was about 5 locals on the dock. Brazil was pretty quiet also.

Galway, Sweden, China and India there were a lot of people. Boston folk seemed quite into it too.

At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dubai sucks

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe a bit unfair and is a non sense to make a comparison between the 2 events.

You ca do better !!

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes this is wht I call an succesful event! happy sponsors , happy bruno - at least this is the exclusive event LV was looking for!
400.000 Euro cost for a team for this event is absolutely Ok as long as we do not face the ugly crowed we had in Valencia.

This is a taste of what we will see on the upcomming AC events!
Well done RC and BT!!!

I am sure UAE is as happy with this gigantic audience that will put them on the map of one of the biggest sail event hosts


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