While we are busy covering Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week and now Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, we've been just pushing on adrenalin for the last week. Its raining heavily this morning at Hamilton Island, with the breeze flattened out
Emirates Team NZ sailing past Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, before the start of the ACWS
BTW - If you've not seen the Irish Sailing commentary from the Olympic Laser Radial class - its COMPULSORY viewing. No excuses -see the story link below.
We are still recovering from 18-20 hour days for the full 15 days of the Olympic regatta, plus a bit of jet-lag.
As Richard Gladwell our Olympic editor said today, We'll have more to say about the Olympics, once our thoughts are a little more collected. There are still quite a few stories to be told - off the back of the media conferences and the like, that we did not have time to get to air during the Olympics themselves. They are generally looking a little down the track, such as the Windsurfing medalists thoughts on Kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics, rather than the cut and thrust of the daily Olympic action.
Sail-World's readership jumped in major way during the course of the Olympics, peaking at just under 40,000 visits a day in the last week of the regatta - in perspective, that is 10,000 more viewers than previous records
- from the first day of the 2010 America's Cup, and the launch of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 in July. Viewership stayed in the 35,000 viewers per day range for the duration of the regatta - which more than justifies the big Sail-World presence at the 2012 Olympics.
There was a huge media presence for the last week of the Olympic Regatta, which the British and Australian teams worked to their advantage for the duration.
While we were in England, Emirates Team NZ's AC 72 sailed for the first time, and we believe had three outings. See the stories and images in this edition.
With the Emirates Team NZ sailing team now in San Francisco for the next round of the America's Cup World Series, the AC72 has been packed away in its box for three weeks, and will not sail in Auckland until their return.
In San Francisco, the America's Cup and ACWS teams have been working up for start of the series and have had a wet and windy introduction to San Francisco,
Two of the Gold medalists from Weymouth, Ben Ainslie and Nathan Outteridge, have been let down to Earth with a big bump after their charges capsized during practice.
All told three teams have capsized in two days of practice - and the Main Event is yet to get underway. We expect to be carrying full coverage of the regatta, our first look at how the AC 45's will handle San Francisco - with top sailing journalist Bob Fisher, on location to give his first hand view.
Somehow we don't think that Bob will be looking for a slot on the back of the boats - but there night be a bit more fight in the sea-dog, than we think.
At Hamilton Island, the battle of the ORMA 60's is on in eanest with NZ's Team Vodafone competing against Team Australia - with two races sailed, the score is 1-1. But the edge seems to be with NZ in fair breezes.
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