Thanks for the comments, and good questions:
"Did you use any exposure overrides or spot exposure metering?"
Heavy use of manual exposure: but if the light is steady, no need to constantly adjust - set for the light and forget. It was very bright. Heavy use of spot focus. For the singer, though, I let auto face detection (focus and exposure to maximize the quality of the face) do its job.
"Noticed the wind noise on the lake shots. How do you handle that with this camcorder?"
I am a big fan of natural audio: while wind noise in annoying, it does convey what it was like - windy! There is a setting for 'wind cut'. I did not use it, as it also affects the frequency response. The best antidote is to attach "fake fur" to the mic. The mics are on top, so this is easy to do. Btw, I really liked the sound of the outdoor singer - while her face fills the frame, I was quite far away (telephoto), and yet you hear her singing clear as a bell (and somone dropping change in her metal container). No mics on any camera or camcorder can defeat wind without external help.
"How do you use the smooth slow record in a middle of a video capture?"
You cannot - you have to change shooting mode. Then just line up the regular and ssr clips on the timeline in Vegas and render as, in my case, 108030p (the ssr shots are interaced 60i; the regular are 60p).
That sailing video could not be done with ANY other camcorder at that quality (unless you want to destroy your equipment).