America’s Cup media trials website launched

America's Cup Media Trials
America’s Cup media trials concluded on Sunday and following on the heels of that, a new web site has been launched – – where all the clips have been posted and comments are welcome.

The media trials were geared to examine every aspect of America’s Cup racing, including the type of boat (monohull or multihull), the format of the racecourse (upwind, downwind and start sequences) and, importantly, the video output for broadcast and online viewing.

'We launched this site because we generated so much material that we needed to consolidate edited highlights in one place,' said BMW Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts.

'We welcome sailors and non-sailors alike to offer comments and feedback.'

More than 150 hours of video requiring 10 terabytes of memory was captured in the trials, which used a pair of BMW Oracle Racing’s RC 44 high-performance monohulls and X40 catamarans.

Another two rounds of trials are planned for next month and later in the fall, where additional layers of features will be included.

Next month, positioning, performance and biometric data will be experimented with during the 1851 Cup in Cowes, England, followed by proof of concept technology trials in October. The trials are necessary because many of the cameras, microphones and data systems will have to be custom designed and built, employing specialized housings and mounts.

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