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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 26 September 2011 covering the racing in Plymouth
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Photo:Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com Buell predicts major boom from America's CupBy Alexis Terrazas, San Francisco Examiner // Sept. 25, 2011Mark Buell, the primary organizer of the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco — a boat race with the oldest active trophy in international sport — is also well-schooled in parks. He is the chairman of the board of the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy and a Recreation and Park Department commissioner.As America’s Cup Organizing Committee chair, what are your responsibilities from now until 2013?
Under the agreement that was signed between Larry Ellison [winner of the previous America’s Cup], the mayor and me, the America’s Cup Organizing Committee has the responsibility to raise the money that The City would have otherwise expended to host the event, and to assist the Event Authority, which are the Ellison people, in introducing them to potential sponsors. There are a lot of other details in the agreement ... but the primary focus is to raise $32 [million] to $40 million and to help the Event Authority in securing sponsors.How are you planning to raise that kind of money?
Right now, as in most large capital campaigns, we are in what we call the quiet phase. We’re talking to major donors and we’re talking to the Event Authority about revenue streams that could assist. I’m fairly confident that in the next six to eight weeks, we’ll be able to demonstrate that we’re well on our way to meeting our objective.What will this do for The City?
Conservatively, it’s been estimated from an economic standpoint that it represents $1.4 billion for the economy and 8,500 jobs. So it’s huge. Frankly, there’s a very good likelihood Ellison will win the race and keep the trophy here. So we’ll do it again. But one of the most challenging things is that the race has never been seen from the shore in its entire history. This is the first time it will be seen from the shore and the first time there’s ever been an event that involves the whole Bay Area.Link to full article:Rec and Park Commissioner Mark Buell predicts major boon from America's Cup New, faster format promises TV-friendly thrillsBy Victor Mallet, Financial Times (UK) // Sept. 20, 2011The awkward years are over for the America’s Cup – at least if the sailing regattas associated with the world’s most venerable sporting trophy are judged for their ability to enthuse spectators, engage some of the world’s top athletes and tacticians, and extend the boundaries of marine technology.In terms of commercial success, the outlook is still clouded by the crisis of confidence in western economies and a consequent shortage of sponsors and well-funded entrants.But there was no doubting the excitement generated this summer in Cascais near Lisbon, the first venue for the preliminary competitions, by the sight of the powerful, new AC45 catamarans hurtling down the racecourses off the beach with their helmeted crews.For three years, the competition – so called after the victory of the schooner America over its British rivals off the Isle of Wight in 1851 – had been mired in arcane legal disputes between two billionaires, Larry Ellison of software group Oracle and Ernesto Bertarelli, a Swiss-Italian pharmaceuticals tycoon.That excluded other eager claimants from around the world, but Mr Ellison’s victory in a bizarre two-boat contest off Valencia last year has finally cleared the way for a new start.Gone are two-hour races almost out of sight of land, and elegant monohulls for which tiny design changes could produce infinitesimal increases in speed and ensure ultimate victory. Now, spectators and television viewers will be treated to tense 15-minute contests in overpowered racing machines liable to capsize or collide.Link to full article:New, faster format promises TV-friendly thrills(requires subscription) Sponsors and public become focus of attentionBy Matthew Sheahan, Financial Times (UK) // Sept. 20, 2011“Sailing will never be a spectator sport” is the mantra of many who have tried to present it to the public and it is a view shared by some of the audiences that have tried to watch.But this belief is changing rapidly and today there is barely a corner of the sport that has not been affected by new technology that brings the story of the racing ashore.In the high-profile professional sailing world, events such as the America’s Cup have been providing big screens onshore for the public on which a mixture of live video and sophisticated computer animations are supplemented by commentary from key vantage points.The recent America’s Cup World Series event in Plymouthdemonstrated how far the technology has come, with multiple, remotely controlled cameras on all nine of the boats, as well as helicopter shots, on-the-water cameras and sophisticated graphical overlays on the live video images.The technology has also been used to control the racing itself, with virtual electronic boundaries and remote umpiring that ensure the fleet stays within an electronically defined field of play. When a competitor approaches the virtual touch lines, a warning light flashes on board. Stray outside and an alarm goes off, followed by an instruction from the umpires sent electronically to carry out a penalty.In turn, this new technology-driven professional sailing world has forced a radical rethink of the racing rules themselves.Link to full article:Sponsors and public become focus of attention
Photo:Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing America’s Cup – China perspectiveBy Julie Scheier, CCTV // Sept. 20, 2011As the excitement of the Americas Cup World Series gets underway in Plymouth, in England, the oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy in the world continues to entice sailors.Link to video:America’s Cup attracts best athletesNow even more with America’s Cup new racing era which features the sport’s best athletes competing on some of the most physically and demanding boats in the world -- the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran.Focused on creating more on-the-water excitement for both teams and fans, this wing-sailed catamaran was designed for both speed and close racing, dubbing it as the Formula 1 one of boats.This new format of the Americas Cup sees China and Korea come on board and challenge other teams in this one design boat, contributing to more excitement and fulfilling childhood dreams.Chris Draper, Skipper of Team Korea said, “When I was at school sailing was all I wanted to do and I didn’t do that well in most of my exams I have reasonable education but i was always thinking about sailing, and that what was always on my mind and this is exactly where I wanted to be.”Andreas Hagara, Helmsman of China Team said, “I had two dreams, two wishes to win an Olympic medal in the Olympic games and second wish was to be part of an America’s Cup team well now I am part of the China Team.”Kit Cheng, Crew of China Team said, “When I was young I love sailing, a lot and I really wanted to be a real sailor, on this Americas Cup and now I can be here and i am very very happy with this because it is a dream come true and also because now I am doing the cup racing for China Team, for my country China.”Link to full article:America’s Cup attracts best athletes
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