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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 09 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.
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|Monday, May 09, 2011|
|34th AMERICA'S CUP|
|America's Cup to revolutionize live sports coverageSource: America’s Cup Comms // May 7, 2011Not 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.ORACLE Racing video:America’s Cup Television – Testing in AucklandConnecting 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.Read the full article:America’s Cup to revolutionize live sports coverageRelated article:Over and outPhoto:Gilles Martin-Raget New race technology could change America’s CupSource: Radio New Zealand // May 6, 2011Pre-race briefings for sailors are generally about weather conditions and other housekeeping, but for the America’s Cup teams testing their new catamarans on the Waitemata Harbor, there’s now much more.The yellow light is a limit warning, so when a boat gets within 150 meters of the limit, you get ….Satellite technology transmits their boat’s positions to shore, where umpires make the calls on right-of-way or out-of-bounds and send warnings to the boats. It’s part of a host of cutting-edge technologies being tried out by the organization which will run the cup in San Francisco.Radio New Zealand report:New race technology could change America’s Cup A match for anybodyBy Matthew Sheahan, Yachting World // May 3, 2011Having seen what Oracle's wing masted 90ft trimaran could do when it came to turning sharp corners, as well as having spoken to some of the few sailors who have used a solid wing sail, it has been clear that this configuration has the potential to produce a new style of boat on boat action and raise the bar to an entirely new level.One of the latest videos to come out of the Oracle camp is surely proof. Take a look and try and tell me that the pre-starts aren't going to be full on and exciting.Watch the video:Match racing pre-start between ORACLE Racing and Artemis RacingThe fact is we are about to enter a whole new world where we simply don't yet know what we don't know.Link to full article:A match for anybodyPhoto:Gilles Martin-Raget Faster, slicker and more fun to watchBy Dana Johannsen, New Zealand Herald // May 7, 2011When ORACLE Racing chief executive Russell Coutts unveiled his plans for the 34th America's Cup, he promised an event that would appeal to the Facebook generation rather than the Flintstone generation.He wanted to abandon the image of sailing being the domain of stuffy rich men in blazers he said, flanked by some nervous looking men in blazers.Watch the video:Dean Barker, Adrenaline sailingHis plans included a move from traditional monohulls to ultra-high-tech wing-sailed catamarans, aimed at producing faster, more action-packed racing to appeal to a wider audience.Over the last two weeks his bold vision for the America's Cup has been taking shape on the waters off Auckland with organisers testing innovations that will be used during the lead-up world series and the event proper in 2013.It's a brave new world with magic buttons, shore-based television umpires, race officials on jet-skis, super-high-tech tracking equipment and on-board cameramen.Read the full article:Faster, slicker and more fun to watchRelated article:Boats not the only change to America’s Cup No sacred cows: Win the day, not the race?By Kimball Livingston, BluePlanetTimes // May 5, 2011With history’s second prolonged, spirit-killing America’s Cup court battle still ebbing from the collective bloodstream, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen the future of America’s Cup racing more in play. And with it, the future of the sport.Love it or leave it, and yes, you can sail happily every day and never need to think about it, the America’s Cup is our signature event, our face to the world. And the people creating AC34 would not be who and what they are if they were risk averse. So I put the question to Iain Murray about this TV-friendly 45-minute limit on races—might that be expanded when we get to the America’s Cup finals, I asked—and the CEO of America’s Cup Race Management replied:“I’m keeping an open mind. Originally I had thought an America’s Cup race might be 60 minutes, or 90 minutes, but there’s no magic in those numbers. In our trials sailing here in Auckland we’ve settled nicely into 20-minute races. It shows us that we could take the route of tennis and push three races into whatever time period we select for the racing. That would be a different way to decide the day.“America’s Cup 34 is a work in progress.”Link to full article:No sacred cows: Win the day, not the race? A first look at America’s Cup 2.0By Stuart Streuli, Sailing World // May 6, 2011In developing a system which will allow graphic elements to be overlaid onto live video, Stan Honey said that he and his team are not only breaking new ground for the sport of sailing, but for sports coverage in general. As the mind behind the glowing hockey puck, the National Football League’s first down line, and the pop-up info boxes for NASCAR broadcasts, Honey knows more than a little bit about forging new electronic trail.“The thing that makes it difficult for this sport, is that unlike other sports, where those graphic insertions on cameras on tripods,” said Honey, during a May 6 media briefing on the test events being run by the America’s Cup Event Authority on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. “The beauty of tripods is you know where they are and they stay where you put them, and it’s relatively easy to measure the angle of the camera relative to the tripod. In this system the enormously difficult thing that we’re solving is that the camera is in the helicopter so we have to accurately measure the location of the helicopter and the attitude of the helicopter to have the graphics be in the right place. I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going to be able to make that work. We’ve had some wrinkles and it’s a work in progress, but it was very encouraging yesterday that the fundamental precision of our ability to measure the location and attitude of the helicopter and the location and attitude of the boats can support that application.”Gary Lovejoy, the Director of America’s Cup TV, was equally pleased with the initial efforts of his team. “We plugged it in and it played,” said Lovejoy. “That goes for all of the different elements we want to bring to our coverage.Link to full article:First look at America’s Cup 2.0|