Without a doubt, the best one-two combo in the AC is Jimmy Spithill and John Kostecki. They pulled out an impressive come from way behind 2nd place (and almost won) in the final fleet race to win the ACWS Sunday in Frisco.
This also was the day that NBC televised the event and as much as the pictures, graphics, venue and crowds were impressive, the broadcast blew on so many levels – most notably Gary Jobson’s commentary. We aren’t the only ones who know this, but it is just painful to listen to him butcher the race description. Half explanations, poor explanations, incomplete, simplistic analysis, no real insight, no humor, nothing compelling whatsoever other than the same voice from the same guy who does the same coverage over and over and over again. We suppose they need the know-nothing pretty boy Todd Jones to "lead" the broadcast, but when the "expert" commentator, adds almost nothing more than the know-nothing guy, you know you are in trouble. And as long as Jobson is the "expert commentator", the broadcast is doomed. Put Mitch Booth in there and pair him up with somebody who can punch it up and make it exciting.
And just as an aside, we can’t recall ever seeing the telecast of a "major" sporting event start off with a "sports break" to spend a couple of minutes filling you in on the more important sports before broadcasting the one that you tuned in to watch. A bitch slap to how unimportant sailing is in the TV/sports world, no doubt. The other highlight? Right here. Interesting to note how badly Big Ben got smoked as well…Thanks to Christophe Launay for the nice above shot.