Not widely considered an extreme sport, sailing is about to gain a new whole audience as the new America’s Cup reveals just how heart-pounding and dangerous the sport can be.
Connecting viewers to the racing in ways not previously possible, the America’s Cup will transform the way people see the sport. With breakthrough graphics, athlete’s view cameras and onboard microphones, viewers will see and hear the quick decisions being made, the athleticism of the sailors, the raw power of the boats – live, as the teams fly over the water as speeds of up to 35 mph.
“Extreme sport lovers will flock to this new America’s Cup because of the broadcast,” said Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). “From heart-pounding maneuvers at breakneck speeds to capsizes that result in two-story falls for the athletes, viewers will not just see the action, they will feel like they are right in it.”
The backbone of this new experience is also a breakthrough in sports broadcasting – augmented reality from a helicopter. This will be the first time live graphic insertions have been done from a moving platform.
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After our Auckland to Tauranga yacht race we moored Edwin’s yacht at Matiatia on Waiheke Island. Crac-A-Jac needed to go home. On the way, we stopped to watch the AC45 TV trials.
In this issue;
Oracle Racing Newsletter – The Digest – latest issue here,
Quarter Pint Wins National Farr 727 Trophy,
Team Icarus – Atlantic Cup,
RNZYS Youth Scheme Winners,
Keep Turning Left,
AC45 TV Testing, – Youtube channel here,
Sail-World NZ – Youtube channel here,
Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,
Vestas Sailrocket sails – more here,
Sail-World USA – latest issue here,
Sail-World Asia – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Praise be to Mother Teresa for saving ISAF from itself
It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted 19:18 in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.
The seven vice-presidents of ISAF Executive Committee had agreed to block vote in favour of the keelboats. But I’ve been told that Teresa Lara, the Venezuelan VP, broke ranks with her colleagues and voted in line with the recommendations of the Events Committee, ie the skiffs.
If this is the case, then praise be to Teresa Lara for having the political courage to go with her own convictions, and not be swayed by the last-minute ‘volte face’ of her VP colleagues
Farr 727 Quarter Pint 2011 National Championship Winners
Nathan Bonney, Mike Smith, Colin Jensen, Emily May.
ORACLE Racing is striking camp in New Zealand as well, and is also planning another training period ahead of Cascais.
Emirates Team New Zealand is the exception. The team will remain in Auckland for a few more weeks.
“We’re going to continue sailing here for a bit longer,” said skipper Dean Barker. “We’ll sail as long as we can, pack up and send the boat directly to Cascais to get ready for the first event in August.”
For the race organizers, the coming weeks will focus on debriefings to distill lessons learned from the Auckland test sessions. The test events enabled teams to provide ongoing input to event organizers, as well as to each other.
“It was a real open book. Everyone is trying to achieve the same goal, so all the competitors worked together as well as one group, so the more we do that, the more chance we’ve got of making a polished product,” said James Spithill, Skipper, ORACLE Racing. “I think we’re leaving here with a couple of great systems.”
The race management, umpiring and media teams are now planning additional testing sessions in Europe and North America as they too get ready for opening day for the inaugural AC World Series event and the start of the 34th America’s Cup.
RNZYS 2011 Youth Scheme Winners
The latest collection of Youth Scheme Winners seen here with Commodore Ross Masters
Aon Racing had some good moments during the Open De Espana in Calpe, Spain. Unfortunately the boys came up short, two wins away from making the semi finals.
We managed some good wins during this regatta, beating Americas Cup skipper Bertrand Pace and World Matchracing Tour competitors Phil Robertson and Bjorn Hansen, however our regatta was marred by the “could’ve, should’ve, would’ve” races, where we gave away wins on blind mistakes.
Photos by Guilain Grenier / Nespresso Cup
Alinghi is set for yet another exciting season of D35 catamaran action with the first race of the 2011 Vulcain Trophy taking place this weekend off the shores of Lausanne and Geneva. Now entering its eighth season, the coveted Decision 35 series kick off with the Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs, the opening act of competition for some of the best multihull sailors in the world.
A few days later….
Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget
A good final day for the test period in Auckland as winds were up in the 20 knot range allowing the teams to stretch their legs and the media to grab some great footage.
As the media test session came to a close, Auckland gave us spectacular conditions on the harbour, with strong winds, a moderate sea way and teams eager to show what the AC45s can do.
Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE Racing, in particular, as the two most experienced teams on the AC45s, took the opportunity to show off their skills.
“It’s a huge amount of fun,” said Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand. “It’s definitely adrenaline sailing… The boats are great. They get up and go… It will be spectacular if we have 10 of them in that situation.”
The weather is pretty messy here right now with thunderstorms coming from all directions. As I sit here tapping away in the container, the rain is pouring down outside and thunder is rumbling around outside. I came down in the middle of the night last night due to the onset of strong winds when normally things quieten down. We were awoken by the house dog whimpering outside due to the thunder.
It’s all very unusual.
VESTAS Sailrocket 2 sits calmly outside patiently awaiting her first sail. To me she looks ready for it. On the launch day she loked pretty but I knew there were a heap of jobs that still needed to be finished… or even started just to make her remotely ready for sailing. Some of those could only be done once she was in Namibia and the nature of the problem was properly understood. Well, now she is ready…