Emirates Team NZ come in on starboard and pass Oracle Racing (Spithill) around the windward mark - Cascais ACWS VirtualEye
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 14 August 2011
In this edition of Sail-World we conclude our coverage of the 2011 Pre-Olympic Test Event in Weymouth, England, and the Extreme Sailing Series also in England - Cowes to be precise.
For New Zealand just one medal from the Pre-Olympics is probably below most expectations. However getting your comeuppance 12 months out from the Main Event is not a bad thing. Those of us with slightly longer memories, will recall the Olympics when one country (not to far from New Zealand) went into the Olympic regatta with three current world champions - but came away without a single medal. This result from Weymouth, is not an Olympic predictor.
Comparisons will be made with the Skandia sail for Gold result a six weeks previously. Many of the team came back to NZ, trained in a very cold winter - which does not give quality training - and then returned for the Pre-Olympics. Essentially the New Zealand crews lost their racing edge between the two regattas in Weymouth.
From a New Zealand perspective the Extreme Sailing Series centred on the performance of the second Emirates Team NZ crew, against the more established crews. To be fair, it was a steep learning curve, in some strong breezes. But the Adam Beashel led crew will emerge stronger for the experience, and will take that into the AC72, when the two crews that have competed in Cowes and Cascais are run together as a single crew on the bigger boat.
Extreme Sailing Series - Cowes
The America's Cup World Series has a day to run. In this edition we have saturation coverage of the event. Our apologies to those who don't follow the AC - we will resume normal programming next week.
It is too early to judge the merits of the top three campaigns, suffice to say that Emirates Team NZ is definitely on the pace.
It is not too early to judge the much vaunted TV coverage, and to our eyes it is a disappointment. Not for the quality of the on board shots, which are great. Not for the on-board audio which is incisive. But for the way the coverage is directed.
In short, it has all the right ingredients (including a TV team we are told of 120), but has lost it in the cooking.
Try a couple of tests for yourself. Go to the replay story and start the full YouTube coverage. Once the racing gets underway count how long the director holds a shot - generally it's about 3-9 seconds with most being around the 6-8 second mark.
The commentators can't keep up with this machine-gun like direction, and talk in more general terms. As a result, the commentary is rather disconnected from the video. Audio with pictures. And there are some great comments from former America's Cup winner and top 18ft skipper, Rob Brown in particular.
As a second check, think back to one of the classic America's Cup monohull races. When the race has been at a balance point, such as two boats closing on opposite tacks. Do you hold the shot - or do you jump to another angle? Yes, generally, you hold the shot while the commentators take you through what could be a key break-point in the race. That doesn't happen in Cascais.
Cascais (POR) - America's Cup World Series - ORACLE Racing - Racing Day 6 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing
Next test. Having seen the race on video, and got a picture in your mind as to what you think happened. Go to VirtualEye (yes, it buried in the Discover section of the AC website), and then replay the race you have just watched in video. (You can speed up VE so it doesn't take long). Get a completely different picture? VE is a very cool viewing tool and by playing with 'camera' angles, you can see how unnecessary it is to rapidly cut from shot to shot, as we have seen over the past few days.
In the ideal world viewers could set up VE to run in a split screen from the video - but that is a trick for another day, or night.
Team Vodaphone Sailing - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media
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