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post #47 of Old 09-09-2013
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Re: America's Cup opening races

I've been watching the coverage after the fact on the AC Youtube channel and I have to say it's really nice watching without commercials. The graphics and display is very well done and I find it's pretty straightforward as long as you watch the pre-race summary.

These first four races have been infinitely more exciting than the LV series. I also really enjoyed watching the Red Bull youth teams zipping around with far more boats on the course.

I'm up in Canada and there has been no news coverage of this event. My Dad had a hard time finding it live yesterday and he has a full sports package on satellite here. For all that their banking on increasing viewership I have a feeling this is a non-event everywhere other than in the US, NZ, Aus, and UK, where the sailing culture is stronger.

I have to say that I am impressed that the Prada Italy team stuck around for 2 weeks after the LV series to 'play' with NZ. Good sportsmanship on their part and good training for everyone.
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