“I’d rather sit in a bath full of pirhanas with white noise on my ipod and stick cocktail sticks into my toes” said one disgruntled punter. Other spectators offered their feedback – “isn’t dinghy sailing the preserve of dentists and xxxxs?”, “INXS are shite”, “we hated the Americas Cup almost as much”….ad nauseum…

Perth ISAF saw things differently, as the following extract from their website demonstrates:

 16. Besides spectators at Fremantle, how many people worldwide are expected to watch the Regatta? More than half a billion households or 564 million viewers worldwide are expected to watch the Regatta on television and through the Internet

(Source: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, THE DREAM BEGINS IN PERTH, PERTH 2011 ISAF SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS)

World Sailing has been about as exciting as watching paint dry, with numbers to match.

Squire Longley of Perth was quoted in a recent Herald piece on the dour turn out for the Perth ISAF launch: “people don’t just rock up to these things”. (The Fremantle Herald, 10/12/11). Yo, yo, yo, John, ma maan… the term “rock up” used by the Squire is about as cringe making as Prince Charles disco dancing to Sir Cliff and the Shadows.

“The dream begins in Perth”‘ (Perth ISAF tagline) Errr, make that a wet one.