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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media reaction to the America's Cup in San Francisco and more.
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|Monday, June 20, 2011|
|34th AMERICA'S CUP|
|San Francisco Bay “shakes out” welcome matBy ORACLE Racing Comms // June 20, 2011Sailors around the world know San Francisco Bay as a great sailing venue. The strong winds make the sailing intensely physical and swift tides make for challenging tactical racing.While the Bay regularly hosts world championship regattas for classes of all sizes, nothing will showcase the Bay's natural amphitheater like the America’s Cup World Series regattas in 2012 and the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Selection Series, and America’s Cup Finals in 2013.Last week, many locals and visitors took note of the spectacular venue when the next-generation AC45s reveled in winds between 15 and 25 knots.“Starting now, America’s Cup racing is different,” San Francisco Chroniclecolumnist Scott Ostler wrote in his June 14 column, America’s Cup on the Bay will be arena sailing. “To picture the 2013 race on San Francisco Bay, as compared with all Cup races to date, imagine the Kentucky Derby being run in a barn, over hurdles, with horses geeked on steroids.“More excitement, more danger, a little edgier.”Veteran yachting journalist Bob Fisher concurred. Fisher, who once won the C Class catamaran championship that now features wingsailed cats, has long been a supporter of multihulls. After watching ORACLE Racing’s June 13 press conference and Russell Coutts’ unfortunate but spectacular capsize, he took his word to the World Wide Web.“The two ORACLE Racing AC-45s, skippered by Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill, showed the world that the venue is perfect and that catamarans will provide all the excitement due from the Cup in the 21st Century,” Fisher wrote in a column titled, San Francisco is perfect for the America’s Cup.“The two catamarans provided a spectacular display of racing – a promise of what will be seen during the three months of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the challenger selection trials and the match itself – as they sliced through the waters of the Bay, often in the shadow of Alcatraz, and even provided a pitch-pole capsize by the most successful AC skipper of all time,” Fisher said.Photo top:ORACLE Racing’s AC45s light-up San Francisco Bay under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing). The America’s Cup, translated for televisionBy Anne Eisenberg, The New York Times // June 18, 2011THE yacht-club crowd may turn out to cheer at regattas, but sailboat racing hasn’t been a big hit with mainstream television audiences — perhaps because they have trouble following what’s happening on the waves.Experts in the sport may appreciate a helmsman’s split-second tactical decisions or a crew’s athleticism, yet the drama often goes over the heads of landlubbers who don’t know how points are scored, or even who is ahead.Now technology may change that. Starting in August, a two-year series of regattas, culminating in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 at San Francisco, will have a feature intended to demystify the sport for television and Web audiences. Live footage will be superimposed with ingenious graphics — including lines and pointers that show who is ahead or behind in the welter of foam and hulls, and tags that identify yachts as they race to coveted positions.The technology is part of an ambitious, expensive effort by the America’s Cup Event Authority, the entity formed to handle all commercial aspects of the America’s Cup competition. The event authority has been backed by the billionaire Lawrence J. Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle and owner of Oracle Racing, the team that won the cup in February 2010.The graphics system is still being tested, and TV networks have yet to announce interest in the events. But the graphics may attract a new generation of viewers, said Claude Ruibal, the head ofsports content at YouTube. “The races are hard to view right now,” Mr. Ruibal said. “But if you add graphical elements, consumers will have a richer experience. We feel there is a real opportunity here to get a whole group of young consumers excited.”The graphics system is the brainchild of Stan Honey, technology director for the 34th America’s Cup. Mr. Honey, an electrical engineer and an avid sailor, is no stranger to the elucidation of hard-to-see moments in sports. He is one of the creators of a popular television graphics effect: superimposed lines that serve as virtual first-down yard markers for football fans. He is a co-founder of Sportvision, a company that provides this service.Ken Milnes, who once worked with Mr. Honey at Sportvision, is developing graphics for the cup races. Mr. Milnes also helped create the graphics system that identifies Nascar racers as they surge through the backstretch.Link to full article:The America’s Cup, translated for television Mayor won’t cut corners on America’s Cup prepBy Eric Young, SF Business Times // June 16, 2011San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a newly converted fan of America’s Cup racing, said the city is making good progress on the environmental study of the 2013 event.Lee also said he wants to make sure San Francisco doesn’t cut corners in its preparations.The city must “do it well, without disturbing the natural environment, without disturbing our own residents and business people.”That is just what many neighborhoods and environmental groups want to hear.We’ll see soon enough what those concerned constituents have to say when the draft of the environmental study is out in late June or early July.The final environmental impact report is supposed to be published around October and city officials hope to approve it by the end of the year.Link to article:Mayor won’t cut corners on America’s Cup prepRelated articles:Fundraising for America’s Cup sails aheadPhoto below:San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and America’s Cup Race Management CEO Iain Murray share a laugh at the America’s Cup Press Conference, June 15, 2011 (Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com).|