Auckland – In previsione del primo appuntamento ufficiale dell’America’s Cup World Series, l’America’s Cup Race Management e l’America’s Cup Event Authority si preparano a mandare in scena una sorta di prova generale che, prevista nell’arco di due week end consecutivi, sarà utile per testare i sistemi, i percorsi, le procedure e ogni altro aspetto della nuova America’s Cup.
“Vogliamo trasportare gli appassionati nel cuore della programmazione televisiva – ha detto Craig Thompson, CEO dell’America’s Cup Event Authority – Non vediamo l’ora di mettere a dura prova le nostre onboard camera e le soluzioni tecniche con l’aiuto degli atleti per dimostrare come stiamo cambiando lo sport della vela”.
“C’è molta innovazione nell’America’s Cup World Series e riguarda i percorsi, i sistemi di arbitraggio, il materiale imbarcato e la copertura televisiva – ha spiegato Iain Murray, CEO dell’America’s Cup Race Management – Nel corso delle prossime settimane metteremo i nostri pensieri alla prova in modo da essere sicuri di trovarsi lungo la strada giusta. Vogliamo arrivare a Cascais pronti per offrire il meglio agli appassionati”.
Ai test, in programma tra il 26 e il 29 aprile (test tecnici relativi all’aspetto agonistico) e tra il 2 e il 6 maggio (test dei sistemi di trasmissione dati e produzione tv), prenderanno parte almeno sei AC45.
AMERICA’S CUP, TEST PERIODS TO FOCUS ON PREPARATION AND SYSTEMS REFINEMENT
[America’s Cup Press Release] In preparation for the 2011 America’s Cup World Series, which kicks off this August in Cascais, Portugal and features stops in Plymouth, UK and San Diego, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 26-29 and May 2-6.
“We want to put the fans right at the heart of the television programming, so this test phase will enable us to bring that vision to life,” said Craig Thompson, CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to give our onboard cameras and graphics systems a thorough test with the athletes and the AC45s as we work towards transforming the way people watch the sport of sailing.”
These test periods will focus on reviewing all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators worldwide.
“There’s a lot of innovation that’s been proposed for the America’s Cup World Series events with the race courses, the umpiring systems, the onboard equipment, and the television coverage,” said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management. “Over the next two weeks we’ll be testing our thinking in these areas, to make sure we’re on the right track now, so that come the first AC World Series event in Cascais this August, we’re ready to put on a great show with spectacular racing.”
At the conclusion of each week’s test period, event organizers will host a media briefing to discuss insights, learnings and progress. Briefing details to come.
Led by America’s Cup Race Management, the first test session will include race course configurations that enable tight, tactical racing as well as umpiring and race management that allows for instant calls during fast-paced competition. Five AC45 catamarans, crewed by America’s Cup teams, are expected to participate.
The second session, led by the America’s Cup Event Authority, will provide the first test of the next-generation broadcast images and graphics that change the way people will watch sailing on television. Six AC45s, with America’s Cup crews, are expected to participate.
ACRM testing: April 26 – 29
ACEA broadcast and graphics testing: May 2 – 6
Testing on Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand