The adjustment of the starting block between sprints and the length of the lunch break wasn't stated. A 5-minute notice before marshaling the first heat would've been nice, considering we were one of the teams within those first couple heats. Otherwise marshaling was not a problem throughout the rest of the day.
Disclaimer: I am not a steer. However, even as a paddler, it felt like a lot of the starts were rushed, which I feel may have contributed to some of the collisions, hulis, and near collisions. At minimum, I know it added to the already heightened stress levels of many of the steers who were trying to simply deal with the gates once the cross winds started to kick in. As a stroke that was helping guide our boats in, I know that in at least one of my heats the starter made their statement "you have 15 seconds to get into your cage" before the gates were even up and the steers able to know where to position their boats. In two other heats I could see boats to my side were struggling to get into alignment and were definitely crooked at the start.
I understand that we have a tight schedule to keep with the city of Long Beach and such and that sticking to it is paramount, but I can't help but wonder if it added to the problems of delays in the long run.
There was no PA system at the Sat morning Captains/Steer meeting this year. We could not hear any of the important announcements from SCDBC staff. In previous years at the Sat morning Captains/Steer meetings, there have been issues with the PA system at the main stage as well. Also it would be great to have a PA system in the marshalling area, with an announcer similar to the DB festivals in Arizona and SF.