Thursday, June 03, 2010

LIVE coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy starts today

Don't forget to tune in to Valencia Sailing today, starting at 10am, for the live coverage of the races of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena. For the live broadcasts, there will be 36 specialists from around the world, including cameramen, studio staff, technicians and the teams setting up microwave links to beam the on-water coverage ashore.

There will be a big chase boat fitted with a Flir gyrostabilized camera capable of zooming into a tight head-shot from 200 metres away, and for aerial shots, a second helicopter-mounted Flir. The cameramen on the race boats will be sailing shooter George Johns, who made his debut as crew and cameraman sailing around the world with Peter Blake, and Shane Smart who earned his spurs as onboard cameraman on the Clipper Cup race.

As we are writing this, 9:30am, the Race Committee is on station and reports light and variable westerly winds, three to five knots. As a result, there might be a postponement and the eventual start time is still uncertain. However, the forecast for the rest of the day is much more promising, a westerly 16 to 21 knots. Stay tuned.



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