Filming entires swims? I don't think this is a good idea.
Hi, I saw some suggestions recently that Diana should have filmed her swim. Sounds like a good idea, but I was thinking about the logistics of this and don't think this would be a good precedent for our sport. First off, filming someone swimming from another boat is very difficult. The boat the camera is on is moving, the swimmer is moving, so someone would have to be on the camera the whole time. Also, filming at night is very difficult. I did a Catalina relay back in the 90's where we had someone filming (only for part of the swim) and they required a large spotlight on the swimmer at night. One of the swimmers on our relay really felt uncomfortable and nervous with a "spotlight" which made him a nice silhouette from the bottom (for unfriendly creatures?). I didn't like the a light shining in my eyes because I can't see anything, really ruins the night vision. Also, what it if starts to rain? With Murphy's law in place it would be unlikely that an entire swim of several hours could be filmed appropriately for people to "watch". (Gosh who would want to watch 53 hours of anyone swimming?) Inevitably there would be gaps in the filming where people changed film, cameras, or the weather was bad, the boat not in the proper position etc. etc. Then there would be charges of cheating because the camera didn't catch it. Can anyone think of an entire marathon swim that was filmed as an example that this is feasible?