Of all OD events, the J/24 World Championships draw some of the best competition in the world. They’re also usually spectacular affairs, but the one going on right now is anything but. Horrible sailing conditions have plagued the Annapolis fleet, with only four races in four days, and at least two of them being absolute crap shoots, and all of them in shitty weather with clouds, rain, and tons of current. Today’s race even saw the fleet beating to the four-leg finish – Annapolis, anyone?
To make matters worse, the event – which obviously has thousands of online viewers due to its stature and the fact that its run when most of us are at work – has almost zero presence on the web. The organizers put no thought into giving fans of the class or friends and family of the racers any ability to see the action, and today, their entire website blew up and still hasn’t come back almost 6 hours later – with a title sponsor like Land Rover, you’d think these clowns could do better. Speaking of clowns, both T2P and Sailgroove showed up to fill the gap left by the lack of attendance of On-The-Water Anarchy, and they’re failing even worse than the event staff, with useless login-only video and dull interviews – is it really that hard?
In fact, the only thing worth checking out at all from Worlds are Moose McClintock’s great front page stories (latest, above) and the spontaneous, community-driven reporting from the event in the SA forums. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. The fleet is wide open with only a day left of racing, so if you’re inspired to do so, check it out.