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Gunboat 60 sailing in Annapolis, MD.

Posts Tagged ‘Red Bull’

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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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It’s day one of the Red Bull Youth AC, when 10 teams full of teens and 20-somethings will try to tame super-fast 45-foot winged beasts in San Francisco in the summer.  What could go wrong…other than the broadcast tv-worshipping stupidity that means much of the world, including the entire US, is blocked from viewing the action live?  There’s a solution for that, thanks to AC Anarchy: Check this thread for details and note that we’ve had success using free tools Stealthy for Mac viewing (with a German or French address) and Hidemyass for viewing on a PC.

 

September 1st, 2013 by admin

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Sam Greenfield continues to bring us inside the American Youth Sailing Force’s Youth AC team with the video above.  Check it out, and then have a look at Force fan Lisa Gentile’s excellent take on the young team below.  Then go give them some much-needed sandwich and fuel money, and while you’re at it, follow their Instagram and Facebook pages.  If there was ever an American AC team to throw your support behind, this is it.

Listen up. Friends of mine have been telling me about this amazing group of young adults for months. Yesterday I met them and I was impressed every which way to Sunday. Help me support the guys of the American Youth Sailing Force. Here’s why:
In their 20s, they are well spoken, thoughtful, sincere, and light-hearted. They don’t interrupt conversations to text. They make and hold eye-contact. They are engaging whether they speak one-to-one or address a full banquet crowd.They speak about the value of experiences that may change a person’s outlook on life. They speak about what it means to be introduced to a sport that requires community, respect for nature, risk, fitness, technical responsibilities, overcoming frustration, and attitude management. They speak about charting a new pathway to a career that is generally closed to newcomers. They also talk about surfing.They are a self-organized, self-trained, self-managed, and self-funded team competing in the first ever America’s Cup youth race. They do have a volunteer shore crew helping them with logistics. But what they’ve accomplished in terms of building and maintaining a team is truly nothing short of phenomenal.They have minimal, nearly nil, funding. For 8 months most of them have been living/camping in an office, training every day, and teaching local kids to sail on their “days off.” For a while they had access to Oracle’s facility at Pier 80 in SF. But the resident old guard sailors decided they were a “distraction” and shooed them away. Of all the teams in the youth division, our U.S. team is the least funded.

At the moment their most stressful financial pressures are 1) a $300/per day fuel bill for their chase boat and 2) food. The 9 of them consume 60 eggs every day. That’s just the eggs. Last night I offered to donate eggs but that got me some weird looks. So help me help them the right way.

Their Red Bull Youth Race begins September 1. Please send fuel/food money now for the final push. Why? Because the next generation does have distinct potential for leadership. How will we respond to that fact?

 

August 21st, 2013 by admin

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Sam Greenfield grabbed this shot of the American nippers getting their AC45 ready for some training in advance of September’s Red Bull Youth AC.  Given the likelihood of further disappointment to anyone looking for close America’s Cup racing in the AC72 and the young, fun, nationalistic, and likely close racing in the 45s, we’re stoked on the series; or rather we would be if AC had any intention of sending the racing feed out to the world.  Check the schedule yourself…are they serious?

Here’s some good AC video pieces on the “handoff” of the AC45s to the kids.  Check those king posts…and while the title may make you think of Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar days, we like Train better; especially when they’re one of the few things ACEA is doing well.

 

August 14th, 2013 by admin

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Gunboat 60 sailing in Annapolis, MD.