America's Cup to revolutionize live sports
America’s Cup Comms // May 7, 2011
Not 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 Auckland
Connecting 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
“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 coverage
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
New race technology could change America’s
Radio New Zealand // May 6, 2011
Pre-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 anybody
Matthew Sheahan, Yachting World // May 3, 2011
Having 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
Watch the video: Match
racing pre-start between ORACLE Racing and Artemis Racing
The 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 anybody
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
Faster, slicker and more fun to
Dana Johannsen, New Zealand Herald // May 7, 2011
When 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 sailing
His 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
Read the full article: Faster,
slicker and more fun to watch
Related article: Boats
not the only change to America’s Cup
No sacred cows: Win the day, not the
Kimball Livingston, BluePlanetTimes // May 5, 2011
With 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
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 2.0
Stuart Streuli, Sailing World // May 6, 2011
In 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
Link to full article: First
look at America’s Cup 2.0