Posts Tagged ‘Red Bull’
We’re not exactly sure how 21 year-old Emily Nagel got the call to cross the stream with Jimmy, Shannon, and an Oracle-tinted crew, but the young match racer and BDA Youth AC team member is clearly on the way to making a name for herself thanks to a Red Bull publicity stunt that just ended last week.
Nagel helped crew Bronco - Michael Domingez’s Newport-based DNA F4 foiling catamaran – on a passage from New York to Bermuda with Spithill, Falcone and several other crew (along with a Red Bull media contingent) on what turned out to be a fairly underwhelming attempt to make some noise. Their 66-hour trip – that’s about three times the outright record - was only noteworthy for the survival conditions, but Emily does become the first woman to make the crossing on foils, and we’re always fans of women – especially young, passionate sailing chicks – getting a ‘world first’ under their belts.
After watching the surprisingly dull teaser video for the trip, we’re mostly struck by just how uninspiring and monotonous ‘James’ Spithill has become now that age, success, and media overtraining have clearly ended any chance he had of leading the next generation of inspired racer. Maybe the full-feature movie (dropping in a couple of weeks, we’ve heard) will show another side, but we doubt it. It’s too bad Red Bull can’t hang their sailing hats on someone young, brash, and extreme….like Jimmy Spithill, circa 2005.
Meet Emily in a Red Bull video over here, and if you’re allergic to Youtube, there’s a full profile of Nagel from the Bermuda News.
If the DNA F4 looks familiar to you and you’d like to understand how it differs from the Gunboat G4 we all know and love (to hate?), take a half hour and watch this full video tour of the Holland Composites/DNA Performance Sailing facility in the Netherlands performed by Mr. Clean this past Thursday. You’ll get a full history of the shop as well as a close look at the world’s fastest foiling A-Cats as well as a close inspection of the most advanced electro-hydraulic foil controls ever built.
November 21st, 2016 by admin
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.
- Tags: America's Cup, American Youth Sailing Force, Red Bull, Red Bull Youth America's Cup, Sam Greenfield
September 4th, 2013 by admin
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
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
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
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.
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
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