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what we all want What does sailing need? The ‘new media.’ A Formula 18 event in the Netherlands is working to provide just that.

what we all want

What does sailing need? The ‘new media.’ A Formula 18 event in the Netherlands is working to provide just that. F18 Team Knockout has partnered with Nuguru.tv ,  Magic Marine and others to bring live webcasting, commentary and top sailors together to provide an unprecedented racing experience.

The Knockout will air on April 16th at 11 AM Eastern time and will be right here on the front page of SA! Live camera angles include on shore, on the water and overhead by remote controlled helicopters. Onboard footage will also be provided. Live commentary will be hosted by Australian Andrew (Macca on SA) MacPherson and Dutchie Wouter Samama, who has provided commentary for many Extreme 40 events. Up to the minute GPS tracking will also be available.

Races will be on a short track windward/leeward just off the shore, where there will be an 18 foot LED screen for spectators at the largest catamaran club in the Netherlands, Sail-Today. I was a member of this club when I lived in the Netherlands. It is perfect to host such an event with stadium seating right at the shore and an elevated bar three stories above the 500+ catamarans littering the lot.

The tournament includes eight F18s comprising a four team slugfest just off the shore. Teams include such names as multiple-time catamaran world champion, Darren Bundock, and top F18 pro Mischa Heemskerk. There will be a first act where the two boat teams fight to make it to the semifinals, then a final race. Each race is slated to last 15 minutes to keep the action tight, with on-the-water judges for quick decisions.

This production looks to be top rate with three production team producers, multiple cameramen, helicopter pilots and networking specialists. There will be a fully edited version released within hours after the event. With the major focus of AC34 on new media design, this is a preview of what’s to come.  Are cats maneuverable enough to provide team racing? Hell yeah! Get up, put some rum in your coffee and click on SA to check the show!

Thanks to Gang of Four for the title inspiration