Monday, August 2, 2010

Sail TV to stream races live... Watch it here!

Sail TV is delighted to announce that we will be streaming all the races LIVE from Cowes, approximately BST 1430 tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd August. Match racing commences Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday will feature the two boats competing to be the first around the Isle of Wight in true 1851 fashion!

You can watch the races LIVE on, or on embedded Sail TV players (on most websites dedicated to sailing), or on your iphone at

Less than 24 hours out from the start of the 1851 Cup, the sailing teams from both TEAMORIGIN and America’s Cup defender, BMW ORACLE Racing, are gathering in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

There have been modifications to both the American and British teams since they last raced each other at the Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena in May. Each has recruited from Ernesto Bertarelli’s America’s Cup team, Alinghi the defenders of the 32nd and 33rd America’s Cup. BMW Oracle Racing has gained New Zealander Murray Jones talented sailor afloat and innovative design engineer ashore and Dutch bowman Piet van Niuwenhuyzen from the team they beat in the 33rd America’s Cup.

Following the appointment of former Alinghi Managing Director Grant Simmer as CEO, Sir Keith Mills’ British team has both of Alinghi’s veteran sail trimmers, Warwick Fleury and Simon Daubney. In addition, navigator Juan Vila, grinder Will McCarthy and pitman Rodney Ardern will be sailing throughout the four days of racing this week in Cowes.

While the boats to be used this week in the 1851 Cup both belong to BMW ORACLE Racing, this is not the advantage that might be perceived for James Spithill’s crew. The boats were built for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007 in Valencia when Chris Dickson was the American team’s skipper and helmsman. Five of the BMW ORACLE Racing crew – strategist Rodney Daniel, trimmer Ross Halcrow, grinders Brian MacInnes and Joe Spooner, mid-bowman Brad Webb – raced on board in 2007, but the rest of the 17 man crew are new, including helmsman James Spithill who was with the Italian Luna Rossa team three years ago.

The commentary will be in English and will feature new television techniques with two on board cameramen, one aft, the other positioned precariously forwards on each boat. Data is also being captured from the winches on board each boat and displayed. Both as a television spectacle and a sailing race it should be a fascinating encounter - don’t miss it!

The Sail TV Crew

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