Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Videos: BMW Oracle presentation in San Diego

Here's a number of videos from BMW Oracle's special event in San Diego that turned out to be uneventful. Although there were lots of guests in the BMW Oracle compound the number of private spectator yachts that followed USA in her parade was much smaller than what one would have expected. It seems local San Diego fans were not keen on parading with the yacht that will fly the US colors in the 33rd America's Cup.

Shannon Falcone went overboard while the yacht was sailing in front of the public, when the yacht's net broke (unfortunately we have no footage of the incident). They also seemed to struggle with their genoa and the parade turned into a simple ride and then back home. It was certainly far from the spectacular show we watched two weeks ago on lake Geneva.

We give Alinghi and the Swiss public an A+ for their public presentation and boat parade while the American challenger receives a D.

BMW Oracle show and boat presentation. San Diego, 11 August 2009. Video copyright Golix

For the rest of videos go to http://www.youtube.com/user/PatapaloVideo

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10 Comments:

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont' know how you can compare the 2 events as their targets, days of the events, national holidays, size of countries/cities & etc are completely different.

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad, SO sad...NOT! May they fall apart as completely and efficiently come Feb in RAK!!! The sooner these idiots (TE RC & LE) are thrown out of the AC on their ear, the better!!!

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one detail that no one has mentioned: the presentation of the Alinghi AC team was on a date when they could make sure that everybody was free to attend the event (August 1st, which was Suisse National Day, and therefore, a holiday). BMW ORACLE Racing, instead, put the presentation event on a day where everybody was busy at their jobs and with no time to attend the event (August 11th). That's why the Alinghi event was a huge success and the BMW ORACLE event a poorly attended event.

If BMW ORACLE has choosen a better date, it would have been a completely different story.

Best regards,
Cristian

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The team had a presentation for themselves, families and various hangers-on. Everyone including families were meant to go out on a boat trip, but then no-one wnated to go, and then the boat couldn't manage anyway. It is rubbish, the sail was a non-event, they seemed to have troubles with the boat from start to finish, which wasn't long.

The big team bash in the evening was also a fizzer. What was supposed to be a good time, actually was a casual dressed drinking-fest, where most of the wives downed the champagne and then made nuisances of themselves all night. Wish I hadn't bothered. At least Alinghi know how to party without being stupid!

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The team had a presentation for themselves, families and various hangers-on. Everyone including families were meant to go out on a boat trip, but then no-one wnated to go, and then the boat couldn't manage anyway. It is rubbish, the sail was a non-event, they seemed to have troubles with the boat from start to finish, which wasn't long.

The big team bash in the evening was also a fizzer. What was supposed to be a good time, actually was a casual dressed drinking-fest, where most of the wives downed the champagne and then made nuisances of themselves all night. Wish I hadn't bothered. At least Alinghi know how to party without being stupid!

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old guy is really, really, really boring. This does nothing for the sport.

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BOR is really hopeless. Trying to copy doesn't get them anywhere! Coutts is a poor follower as soon as it goes outside of the boat. And for sure, it is not Ehman who'll help.
Poor guys! A long long way from success. Alinghi rules!!!

 
At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone consider the the key reason for the difference in the 2 events is BOR was entertaining their sponsors. Hence the invite only event was for their sponsors to meet the BOR team, their families & etc. Some of the VIP's & sponsors went sailing on DZ too.

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended the Oracle event and found it informative, entertaining and pleasurable from start to finish. The program was short and sharp (say what you want to about Tom Ehman, but he is an excellent emcee), Larry was straight-talking, and Russell and Jimmy funny and uplifting. We got to get aboard their yacht, see it sail fast, and enjoyed the company of a very nice group of family, friends and VIPs. It was obvious they were not focused on the general public, but on their sponsors (at least they have some!), supporters and families. And, unlike Alinghi, Oracle released a video of the entire event along with a highlights video both of which I very much enjoyed. Had Larry & Co done glitz and glammer, they would have been criticized them for going over the top in this lousy economy. Instead they kept it low key and family-oriented. I was not at the Alinghi event, but while totally different, it also looked very nice. I feel people in the forums like Sailing Anarchy and our fellow commentors here should relax and enjoy, and stop being so nasty to the team they don't necessarily support. Both teams are saying this could be the most amazing Cup ever. From everything we are now seeing, it may turn out to be just that. Here's hoping!

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger Norberto said...

comparing both the events is like comparing oranges and apples (and don't give me the "both are fruits" bs). one was a high-profile event, on the country holliday, focused on the general public. the other was a low-profile event, on a mid-week working day, focused on the internal public. and, afaik, both were successful in their own way and according to what they were "designed" for.

 

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