With just a few days before the 33rd Americas Cup DoG race starts the war of “he said she said” is reaching new levels of dummy spitting. I will try to include as many links as I can to the most popular sailing websites that are covering the match here. If you know of any that you would like to be include – flick me a message, happy sailing.
33rd Americas Cup DoGzilla V Cheesezilla
The bloggers at Sailing Anarchy have a few more weather links to play with here
There are many ways to keep up with all the action from the America’s Cup Match, whether you’re here with us in Valencia, or half a world away on your computer or mobile phone.
AMERICA’S CUP PARK – BIG SCREEN TELEVISION
The big screen television in the America’s Cup Park will be showing live-action from the race course, along with features, packaged programmes, and highlights.
Through the agreements with the European Broadcasting Union, which reaches 56 territories and has an audience of over 650 million and, globally, with Sports News TV spanning 160 territories, broadcasting to over 1.4 billion people and also with Transworld Sport with a global audience of over 302 million, the America’s Cup News packages are assured of a massive international audience of over 2 billion viewers.
Among the broadcasters are Great Britain’s BSkyB, TVE/Teledeporte and Canal 9 in Spain, French based Eurosport and Showtime in the Middle East. Broadcasters will take all of the America’s Cup output, including the 26 minutes race day Highlights package, Race News package as well as the 52 minutes summary wrap up programme at the end of the event.
A full listing will be available soon.
The official America’s Cup website keeps you posted with news reports, feature stories, videos and pictures and all the official information of the 33rd America’s Cup in English, Spanish and French
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
For the first time in the history of the America’s Cup, races will be broadcast live free of charge on www.americascup.com. Video feed will be supplemented (in French and Spanish) with a Live Ticker animated by the best sailing experts
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Follow the races – in the US
The 33rd America’s Cup Match will be streamed on the official event website, www.americascup.com.
But you can also follow it on ESPN – online that is. This just in from ESPN360…
For the first time in its programming history, ESPN360.com — ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network — will carry the oldest sporting trophy event and sailing’s most prestigious regatta and match race, the 33rd America’s Cup. The best of three races duel will take place live from Valencia, Spain beginning Monday, Feb. 8th at 3:45 a.m. ET. Race 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10th and — if necessary — Race 3 on Friday, Feb. 12th, both at 3:45 a.m. ET.
Calling the event for ESPN360.com will be ESPN sailing commentator and president of US SAILING Gary Jobson along with renowned sailing expert Randy Smyth, both former winners of the America’s Cup. After breaking into programming to carry Race 7 of the 25th America’s Cup in 1983 — won by Australia off the coast of Newport, R.I., to break the longest winning streak in sports — ESPN networks televised every America’s Cup competition through 2003.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I have just arrived in Valencia where I will be part of the television coverage team from EuroSport for the upcoming America’s Cup.
It seems that the 33rd America’s Cup is actually going to take place. After years of legal wrangling, the two giant multihulls are scheduled to face off at 10:00 Monday morning on the waters to the east of Valencia. As the course for race one is a 20 nautical mile beat to windward and return, a westerly breeze will put the starting line some 20+ miles offshore. May be close to come from Ibiza to watch.
Strong westerly winds are not uncommon in Valencia in the winter. The Sailing instructions state that a maximum wind speed of 15 knots measured at 60 meters shall not be exceeded at start time. Not sure who is measuring at 60 meters other than the two competitors. Could it be that this is the one issue they will collaborate on? Surely not.
I am here a few days early to try to get a better technical understanding of this match up so I can report to you and on EuroSport from a more educated position. I have been rereading all the legal haggling from the last two years on the airplane. It is amazing what these two teams have been through. The biggest cloud hanging over the race with be the contention by BMW Oracle that Alinghi’s sails are not built in Switzerland and therefore don’t comply with the “constructed in county” clause of the Deed of Gift. The sails are North 3 DL and they are laminated in Minden Nevada. Some amount of work is done on them in Switzerland after the lamination process. The court has now set a hearing date for this case of February 25, 2010. Only a USA victory on the racecourse would eliminate that issue.
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America’s Cup Jury denies BMW Oracle request for redress
The ISAF appointed international jury denied BMW Oracle’s request for redress regarding measurement of the competing yachts
The ISAF International Jury for the America’s Cup issued an interim decision late Tuesday night rejecting the challenger, BMW Oracle’s latest complaint regarding the position and volume of the water ballast onboard the racing yachts during measurement.
“We are pleased that the jury upheld the New York Supreme Court and expert panel decision of November 2009. This is a positive step towards the America’s Cup – we are glad that measurement can go ahead as scheduled and that the challenger’s request for redress has been denied. With just a few days to go before the first race of the 33rd America’s Cup, the team is fully focused on race training and preparations,” said Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator
Maybe you have to be a Kiwi to love Bradley William Butterworth (NZL), skipper of Alinghi (SUI).
He is not the picture-perfect-portrait of the America’s Cup skipper, make no mistake. Whatever that means. He is from Te Awamutu in the Waikato, for goodness sake. He is himself. He is BB. What he says is what he thinks, and what he says, he believes. ‘Media management’ means nothing to Brad. He shows up. He speaks his mind. Typically, he does it with candor and respect. But he can sail, and he has an uncanny ability to read and process a lot of things, in nano-second increments, and make decisions that win big races.
Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget
Good breeze today and the sailing team is taking full advantage of it. Off the mooring at 08:30, they still haven’t returned as of late afternoon.
Our photography team was taking advantage of the conditions as well, getting in a helicopter this morning. Below are the – as usual – stunning results.
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Trimmed for speed
The 1,100sqm gennaker on Alingi 5 is the largest of its type in the world, but comes with big loads for trimmer Simon Daubney.
(Photo credit: Luca Butto / Alinghi)
It’s easy to understand Alinghi 5 is a different yacht from America’s Cup Class sloops simply by looking at it. But team trimmer Simon Daubney knew he was in a different arena the moment the jib sheet settled into his hands on the first sail.
“I have a readout displaying the load on the winch,” says Daubney, “and I’d have to say the number was disconcerting. I’d never seen loads like that before.”
Alinghi’s trimmers include Daubney, Warwick Fleury, Nils Frei, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Lorenzo Mazza and Will McCarthy. It’s a tight-knit group that communicates constantly with the afterguard, ensuring optimum trim for the tactical requirements. Their depth of experience is immense and counts 15 America’s Cup victories.
“I think Alinghi’s biggest asset is its people,” says Fleury, the mainsail trimmer. “Alinghi has been around as an America’s Cup team for 10 years now which is a lot longer than any other team. I think it’s almost a unique team in that we have had so few personnel changes over the years. As a result the team is very strong and it runs very efficiently.”
Getting the best out of Alinghi 5 is an ongoing process. They’ve learned the need to trim the mainsail traveller and jib in unison to make the sail plan efficient, something that wasn’t as important on the ACC sloops. The crew would like more time to continue learning their mighty vessel, but they’ve made huge gains since Alinghi 5 began sailing last August.
“With Alinghi 5, we wake up in the morning and we just can’t wait to get on it and go sailing, and when we learn something it’s a big thing we learn,” says Daubney. “You’re learning by leaps and bounds rather than small increments, so that part of it is way more enjoyable.”
History – The Yacht America
At 8.37 pm the celebrated schooner “America” crosses the finish line to the sound of cannon fire from the Castle to win The Hundred Pound Cup, which later became known as The America’s Cup.
Painting by Tony Blake
The Yacht America
The year 2001 saw the 150th anniversary of the original race in which was won the cup subsequently presented to the New York Yacht Club; this became the prize in arguably the world’s greatest yacht race. In August the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron jointly hosted the America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta at Cowes on Isle of Wight.
The cup’s name comes from the yacht America which, in 1851, won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s race round the Isle of Wight for a Cup of One Hundred Sovereigns (not guineas – the cup is often referred to mistakenly as the Hundred Guinea Cup, by which name it became known in America where it was subsequently engraved). The cup is named after the yacht, not after the country that held it for so long. From contemporary accounts of the challenges the Americans seem to have used pounds (sovereigns) and guineas interchangeably. 100 guineas would have been £105.
The cup is sometimes mistakenly referred to as The Queen’s Cup. This misnomer appears to have arisen from a speech given on the victorious return of America’s owners to the New York Yacht Club; this was widely reported and the name stuck. The Queen did present a cup each year to this club but that race was only open to Royal Yacht Squadron yachts: in 1851 to cutters of between 50 and 100 tons. She did however present cups to other yacht clubs and America was initially entered to race for The Queen’s Cup of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club at Ryde on the Isle of Wight, just across the water from Portsmouth. This may have been the source of the Americans’ confusion about the cup’s name. Alternatively, the course round the Isle of Wight was known as The Queen’s Course so that also may account for the confusion.
The cup itself, a bottomless silver ewer weighing 134 ounces and standing 27 inches high, was purchased from Robert Garrard the jeweller in 1848 and subsequently presented to the RYS by Lord Anglesey. As Lord Uxbridge he had been a founder member of the club in 1815 and he was still an active yachtsman in 1851 with his cutter Pearl. In those days cups were not returned but were won outright. The cup, with the $25,000 for which they had sold the yacht America after their brief but successful sojourn in England, went to America with its new owners. It was initially proposed that the cup be melted down and souvenirs made for the America syndicate members – which would have saved much trouble and many fortunes! However, in 1857 it was presented to the New York Yacht Club as a perpetual challenge trophy. Not until 1870 was it first raced for as The America Cup. Known today of course as The America’s Cup, many books have been written on the history of this great competition.
The cup is engraved with the names of all the yachts that raced America in 1851 with the exception of the runner up Aurora. When Queen Victoria asked about yachts following America up the Needles Channel she was reputedly told ‘There is no second’, a phrase later used to great effect in a speech by Daniel Webster in America. The Queen waited for Aurora to appear before returning to Osborne but, as far as the cup is concerned, the phrase is true.