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Posts Tagged ‘Red Bull Youth America’s Cup’

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No cheating, plenty of man love, and a team that’s so into it that they yell ‘Fuck, Yeah!” after nailing a start and sailing off to a Red Bull Youth AC Race 1 win.  It’s everything you wished the America’s Cup was, and Sam Greenfield gives us the American Youth Sailing Force highlight reel above.

While Pete Burling’s Sailing With ETNZ team has a nice 7-point lead going into the final day of action, we find it frightfully easy to cheer for a US team of real people actually doing well who got to the starting line by cutting checks from their savings account and learning how to hustle.  Genny T grabbed a few of the nippers and put ‘em on camera as well; check it here.

See if America (or Australia, who finally has their train rolling) can pull it off during today’s final races live on YouTube if you are in Nigeria and if ACTV can get their act together, here on TVNZ if you are a flightless bird, or here on ServusTV if you can’t figure out the proxy server system or you don’t mind German.

And go Like the Sailing Force boys if you’re a proud American.  Title shout out to some animated brilliance.

 

September 4th, 2013 by admin

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 Never mind the sailor bans, protests, brinksmanship, or gamesmanship; the AC should really just ban the video production crew.  After some two years of Youtube streaming, they managed to completely fuck up the live YT feed for the entire second race of yesterday’s Red Bull Youth AC action.  Literally the entire world lost their feed for the better part of an hour; the thousands who were watching drifted off in minutes, many of them likely never to return – though a few hundred stayed to bitch on Youtube’s chat room (see left).

On a similar note, we’re a bit surprised to see ACEA hasn’t been able to convince a major sponsor like Red Bull and a major broadcast partner like ESPN to officially acknowledge that their companies have even the remotest connection to sailing.  Take a look at Red Bull’s main website; they’ve spent millions on the Youth AC, but we dare you to find anything – anything at all – about sailing on their site.  Snowboarding, surfing, base jumping, skateboarding…the company can even feature crappy music reviews on its home page, but not a sailing shot, promo, or piece of sailing, anywhere.

ESPN isn’t any better; unless you stumble across the AC in their whacked schedule, you’d never know ESPN was the international broadcast outlet for the Red Bull event, and a major partner for the AC itself.  We challenge you to check them out, and be sure to click on ‘other sports’ to see just how many stupid-ass games ESPN can mention without once putting a header up for ‘sailing’.

We assume Red Bull and ESPN know what they are doing; ACEA clearly doesn’t.  So why are they so silent on sailing?  Is it because no one is watching, and they don’t want to waste a penny on promoting a loser?  Or is it yet another example of pathetic ACEA communications and promotional work; no squeaky wheel = no grease?

 

September 4th, 2013 by admin

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Nonstop action, real national teams, elation and disappointment, energy and emotion, and a Kiwi vs. US battle for the trophy?  Sign us up and watch above.  Two more days of great racing remain and if the LVC is anything to judge by, get it all in now; you might not ever see AC(ish) catamarans racing this closely again!

September 2nd, 2013 by admin

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Today is the last day of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trials, and we dug this racing video from the GBR team, which is winning going into the last day of racing.  Final selections will be made tonight on the basis of performance, professionalism, fitness, and other subjective criteria.  You can watch the last races live on the Argentino team’s Livestream channel, and they’ll stream the entire awards ceremony and official announcement of the selected teams; check in at 6 PM Pacific time.  There’s plenty of up-to-the-minute reporting in the thread, including from the kids themselves.

February 24th, 2013 by admin

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