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Single Hander
11-16-2011, 11:53 AM
I just noticed that the ACWS is being broadcast on CSNCA starting at 12:30!

IOR Geezer
11-16-2011, 01:42 PM
Found it! Thanks!

Looks like decent breeze too. Boondocks is sailing well!

Photoboy
11-16-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the heads up...


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Today the America's Cup World Series began in earnest in San Diego. Yes, they raced over the weekend in the Port Cities
Challenge but that was just the dog and pony show before the BIGGER dog and pony show. Today's event was also the 1st
edition to be broadcast in real time here in the States on cable tv. Our local channel turn out to be CSNCA or
Cox Sports Network California, in regular definition AND high definition. (Check your local listing for times and channels in your area)

Much better than getting up at 4:00 AM to watch on the small computer youtube channel box, which gets all pixilated if you attempt to go full screen.
Yes high definition is the way to go and with the multiple angles from 2 helicopters. several onboard angles on each boat, the water cam as well as a couple on various mark boats, combined with "Honey Vision", Stan Honey's most excellent graphics. Matched witha well done voice over provided by Jenny Tulloch, Peter Isler and Tucker Thompson geared towards sailors and non sailors alike, (you could choose a different broadcast team on line) the production was very well done, albeit a few glitches, like no narration for 1st 20 minutes aside from sailors, and a few minutes where ghosting seemed to be an issue.

The racing began as advertised right on que, at 1:00 PM, in 10-12 knots of breeze, with the 9 boats in a 9 leg, 4 lap race, and it became quite clear, that winning the start with boat speed was very critical. Newcomer Darren Bundock, skippering Russell Coutt's Hull 5s had a great start and managed to sail a flawless race and eek out a victory over ETNZ and Dean Barker. The wind dropped during the race and you could almost feel it on the big screen as the hull speed slowly decreased. 2 more races followed and RC reduced the distance to twice around, and wisely so. Still able to fly a hull at times, getting clear air was extremely important as was picking the right lines and getting the favorable shifts, and again the combination of angles and graphics really put you into the race. Yes there was a slight lag between races but the gaps were filled nicely with highlights from previous race.

The afternoon wrapped up with the Speed trials, 500 yards right in front of the main crowd assembly. As you might expect, the wind slowly abated as the afternoon wore on and the lucky team which got 1st draw, in this case ETNZ saw the best breeze, setting the pace at 45 secs and change. The speed trials was a bang bang event with a new team hitting the course, seconds after the previous racers finished. As the wind back off, times got larger, and even ETNZ could not muster enough hull speed to match their 1st run.

The broadcasts continue through the weekend, with pregame action at 12:30 PM PST, Racing at 1:00 PM. If you have not already booked a flight to San Diego, we highly recommend catching the action live, or at least run the DVR. You will appreciate the quality greatly over the youtube version, and get a sense of how impressive this is going to be in SF on the 72's!

http://www.americascup.com/en/Latest/News/2011/11/Energy-Team-on-top/

Charlie Tuna
11-17-2011, 09:53 AM
It's sorta like a pre-season game, isn't it? It can be exciting and fun and a good test to see what's
working and what needs improvement. But in the short term, winning an individual event, and $1.00
will get you a cup of coffee.

PD Staff
11-17-2011, 10:45 AM
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All images Giles Martin-Raget /ACEA

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Some of the official photography from Wednesdays fleet racing and speed trials.

Information on Broadcast Schedule HERE (http://www.americascup.com/en/Discover/AC-On-TV/North-America/)

Official press release below:


SAN DIEGO, USA - November 16, 2011 – Consistency was the key for the French
Energy Team who won the third of three races on Wednesday afternoon to top the table
at the end of the seeding races for the San Diego Match Racing Championships at the
America’s Cup World Series.

New skipper Yann Guichard posted three race finishes inside the top five to end the day
one point clear of Emirates Team New Zealand. ORACLE Racing Spithill, plagued by
penalties and starting trouble all day, recovered strongly in each race to hold on to third
place.

Those top three teams on today’s ranking are seeded through directly to the Semi Finals
of the Match Racing Championship. The remaining six teams will be paired up to race in
Thursday’s qualifying matches, competing in a knockout format to earn the fourth and
final Semi Final berth.

“It’s a perfect day for us,” said an elated Guichard after racing. “I’m really happy. The
team has done a fantastic job. I’m getting more comfortable each day and I can really
feel the boat well now. We had some good starts and were very fast today. The small
teams like us are improving each day.”

Conditions couldn’t have been better for racing on Wednesday. The winds were in the 9-
13 knot range with flat water in San Diego Bay, leading to boat speeds near 20 knots.
The sun was out, and it was a warm November day, allowing the sea breeze to build
early and stay in force throughout the afternoon.

After the fleet races, the teams brought the show to the crowds perched on Broadway
Pier for the AC 500 Speed Trials, which took place just yards from the pier. Emirates
Team New Zealand, in the very first run, posted what would stand up as the quickest
time down the 500-meter runway. The two ORACLE Racing entries, Spithill and Coutts
were second and third respectively. Artemis Racing was in fourth place in both the
seeding race standings and the Speed Trials.

“Over all it was a hard day, but it was good the way we battled as it would have been
easy to go backwards,” said Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson. “It is about doing
things consistently and working through the process.”

Photoboy
11-18-2011, 11:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDjhnQCp8s

Highlights from yesterday's racing.

Having the luxury of actually watching the match racing on the large screen can be quite addictive.
Even though the conditions were not quite as exhilarating as one might hope, with cold overcast foggy conditions,
light winds getting lighter and the bottom rung of the fleet battling it out for the one remaining semi final positions.

But the coverage remains riveting, with the various angles from on, above and following the fleet, and if you're not to careful
you might even learn something. For instance Team Korea doesn't have a single Korean on the sailing team. Crazy.

Also, even if it gets light, like 3-4 knots of windspeed light, the crews are still required to bring the "6th Man" a v.i.p. spectator
that rides on the back of the boat, where the owner usually sits. Troubling thing is, someone has to get "Mr Tubby" in the draw,
and even though they would like to even things out, it's like drawing teams in elementary school dodgeball, everyone wants the fast
light nimble people. So as the afternoon progressed, and the wind dwindled, you could see the crews groaning and shifting all their weight
as forward as possible in an attempt to keep the back of the boat from dragging in the water.

Right back there on the back of the boat is an arm which holds some important pieces of equipment, like one of the cameras which is gimballed
and remotely controlled as well as the light puck. In the light puck are 3 different lights. The red light in the middle means the boat is filing a protest.
On the bottom, is a blue light, which, according to Mike Martin, means "yer busted" and will be penalized. This is done by slowing your boat to allow
the prescribed distance as other boat sails away, and when the blue light goes off, you can resume sailing. Tough to do in 3-4 knots of windspeed.
The top puck light is green and is the boundary light. When the boat gets within 200 meters of any boundary, the lights flash slowly. At 100 meters its start blinking
faster. At 42 meters the light flashes very rapidly and an additional green light on the cross beam goes off. This gives the boat " Room to gybe or room to tack" rights.
If the boat sails out of the boundary, the yellow light also on the cross beam goes on as well as the blue light, the boat is then vaporized.

In yesterdays racing, Team Aleph, made a remarkable run, competing back to back to back matches and was in it's 4th race of the day and appeared to have
the upper hand on Artemis, when midway through the course, the RC abandoned the race. The announcers were not sure at 1st and assumed that wind or lack thereof
was the reason, but as it turns out, gremlins were the cause. Apparently the RC had lost its boundary lines and was forced to halt racing until rectified. They got it back up
in rapid fashion, but it did get the old cranium thinking. What if you could trip the system if you boat was losing in a race? Hmmmm

All in all a great way to watch the event, I even received a call from an old friend who was down in San Diego. He indicated he had moved to an area where he could
see the racing on the monitor vs from edge of dock, because with the fog and distance and lack of graphics, it was just better viewing. Now I don't feel so bad about
not rushing down...

Rainier
11-18-2011, 12:08 PM
Cool article on the 6th man from the Chron:

"No one can exceed 100 kilos, or 220.4 pounds, and the organizers try to pick guests of similar weight for each race. If there is a difference, the lighter boats carry compensating weight. The honor system generally prevails. A goodwill measure loses a lot of its graciousness if guests have to step on a scale."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/13/SPGC1LUKOU.DTL#ixzz1e5bycwhd

Buzz Light Beer
11-18-2011, 12:38 PM
You'll notice in the videos some of the passengers clinging to that equipment strut with a death grip and others
are actually attempting to hike, or at least get the weight to windward. I'd like to be a fly on the compound wall
of one of the teams that just lost and felt the dead weight aft was part of the problem.

Buzz Light Beer
11-18-2011, 01:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup?feature=mhee#p/l/PJqMf0qxF2Y

Live on the internets right now

Photoboy
11-18-2011, 03:27 PM
Much tighter racing today! LE on the back of Spithill's boat cracking the whip!
And who was that in the back of Energy??? Fred F&*%ing Eagle...I need to get on that dude's program...
Talk about the life of Riley...

war dog
11-18-2011, 05:52 PM
And who was that in the back of Energy??? Fred F&*%ing Eagle...I need to get on that dude's program...
Talk about the life of Riley...

No shit how do I get his gig??