Before that, during four days of racing, by ferry, car, bike, and foot some tens of thousands of folks descended on Fort Adams to take in the show—the crowd numbered over 14,000 on June 30, with nearly 500 spectator boats afloat—and few were disappointed. Yes, there was most certainly a circus atmosphere to the proceedings. Sponsor signage was everywhere. Rock music blasted on the “dock outs” for each boat as they entered the racecourse for introductions. Skydivers from the “Red Bull Air Force” flew through the sky. And to be perfectly honest, despite the broadcast commentary on VHF-radio and shoreline speakers, countless viewers had little, if any, clue as to what was transpiring before them.