AC evaluation trials website live

During TV trials more than 150 hours of video were captured

Thursday July 29th 2010, Author: Tim Jeffery, Location: Spain

Following on the heels of Sunday’s conclusion of four days of highly successful America’s Cup media trials, 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 on-line 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 Extreme 40 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 specialised housings and mounts.

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  • andyn 29/07/2010 - 12:19

    Just had a quick look at some of the clips. Taking the 'what boat' argument out my view is that two (port and starboard) remotely controlled cameras at the masthead give the most innovative view. Add in one decent roaming cameraman on the boat and you have all you need. Scrap the crappy music and just have mikes and good quality commentary. The masthead camera - if controllable can take really good footage of the other boat, not just look down the mainsail for us to comment on the trimmers ability.

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