Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Valencia Sailing comes to an end and moves ahead

Dear friends & readers,

After nearly six years online, the Valencia Sailing blog is about to sign off. I started it in March 2005 as a test to see whether anyone would be interested in having weekly updates from the construction of the America's Cup Port in Valencia and the activities of the teams and, I hope, it now has reached a point where it became a reliable source of daily sailing news from around the world. Well, it is now time to close this chapter and move ahead.

To start with, the name of the site doesn't make any sense any longer. As you most probably have seen from my photos on Monday, BMW Oracle is definitely leaving its Valencia base in a week and Valencia will cease to have the importance it once had in the sport of sailing. It will in fact become just like any other Mediterranean city, most probably holding one or two main regattas each summer. Even if the city goes ahead with its plan to tear down most of the bases, the infrastructure in place will make it easy to host an RC44 or AUDI Medcup event. However, this will never come close, even remotely, to holding two consecutive America's Cups.

I took this opportunity to make some radical changes. First of all, Valencia Sailing will change its name. I still haven't decided and I have a handful of names in mind but all of them will be redirected to the final name. Most probably, the new website will be called vsail.info.

Secondly, the site will no longer be a blog. It will move to a "normal" news website format will all the bells and whistles you would expect from it. In fact there is a demo already online and I would appreciate if you checked it and gave any kind of feedback you thought appropriate. It's not yet the final version but it won't be radically different.

Click here for a preview of the new version

News Sections
As you can see from the demo website, there is a new navigation bar that has all the news separated in sections. The broader categories will have sub categories, for example the offshore category is divided into the Barcelona World Race, Vendée Globe etc. The America's Cup category is divided in three subcategories (32nd, 33rd, 34th) and most probably the 34th America's Cup will further be divided to news according to each team. The same will apply to the Volvo Ocean Race. As a result, if your interest is just the news on Artemis in this edition of the Cup, you can have a dedicated page.

Featured News
Right under the navigation menu, you have the 5 latest Featured News, the 5 most important news but not necessarily the latest. For example, when BMW Oracle announce the venue of the 34th America's Cup, such an important information could remain in the featured news section for one or two days.

Latest News
Right beneath the Featured News you have the Latest News, providing the latest 6 articles, in strict chronological order.

Recent Videos
This is a brand new section and I hope it will be an easy and practical way to have the latest 5 videos right in front of you without the need to leave the front page. All you have to do is click on the title of the video and it will automatically switch.

Advertizing
One of the reasons that also made the change necessary were the inherent limitations in advertizing placements of the blog format. The new website now offers new technologies for advertizing campaigns that can have a great impact such as the ones Gillette and Braun are using in various major websites. Send us an email to learn how you can take advantage of the new technologies.

Transition period
Please bear for a week until the new site is fully functional. My aim is to switch it on the eve of the Barcelona World Race start, on December 30.

33 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Counting on you for bigger and better things, Pierre!

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

We're going to miss your regular updates. Thanks so much for providing an eye into the AC happenings in Valencia for more than 5 years now.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anthony said...

Thank you very much for the great news and keeping us in the loop. I have had you in me RSS feed and enjoyed getting your posts. Good luck with the nest steps.

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Flight and hotel booked said...

Don't get too formal. Keep the gossip, rumours, half truths - the entertainment factor - alive . It's the best opportunity you have for a good point of difference from the other sites. Good luck.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Michele said...

Pierre, you did a terrific job reporting from VLC, daily and professionally you gave an insight of the event to those that weren't there.
I'm looking forward to follow you in your news publishing experience!!!

ciao & thanks for what you did so far

Michele

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous tom said...

best sailing blog/website in the world!
I know it will be even better now.
Great job.

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you keep the comments ,very entertaining.

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Valencia Sailing said...

The possibility to comment on any article will be kept

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Felix - Sailing Media said...

I like the new Page! Perfect start in the new year.

But the CAPTCHA to leave a comment on the new page does not work so far!

Congratulation and Merry Christmas

Felix

 
At 7:16 PM, Anonymous abimbo said...

You have provided us Down-Under with a wonderful insight into the goings on in the Land of the North. Great coverage of all things yachting-from small to large. All the best for the new site and don't forget to cover sailing down under also! Keep up the gossip, rumours and lies......

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Norby said...

pierre, i think i speak for everyone who enjoyed your insight on the valencia sailing scene for the last 5 years when i say we, the sailing fans, can't thank you enough for a job superbly well done. congratulations for taking the next step.

regards from brasil.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger WetHog said...

Excellent news Mr. Pierre. The good ones adapt and improve their product to stay at the cutting edge. It appears you are doing just that. I think I have followed your blog since its start, and I plan on continuing to make your site a daily stop on my internet journy for the foreseable future.

Keep up the great work, and Merry Chrismast and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

 
At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Yovchev said...

Hey, it was high time to run a web page in that format :)
Good luck mate - keep writing !
Yachting only !

 
At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Gareth Evans said...

New site looks great. Keep up the good work - been following you from the start.

If possible, please keep the iGoogle widget - it is a nice easy way of catching the headlines.

See you in Newport... San Francisco... New York... on the Great Lakes... in the desert on sand yachts... Who knows where this round of the cup will lead!

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed your sailing news over the years great job.

 
At 12:02 AM, Anonymous sailingfan said...

Thank you Pierre. I have enjoyed very much reading your informative updates and will tune in to your new website. Looking forward to it. Happy Christmas and all Best Wishes for the new year and your new venture.

 
At 12:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no doubt youve done a great job. hats off and a round of applause. will definitely keep track of your info. saludos.

 
At 2:40 AM, Blogger chocoa said...

great job, great site, great photography; looking forward to your next endeavor.
Thanks Pierre----see you in Newport for the next AC!

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger Иван Бидзиля said...

Valencia is still in the hart of world sailig so I adhere to the comment "don't get too formal"! Also I hope you'll continue travalling and visiting events so your photos will be available! Ukraine reads you daily! Cheers, Ivan

 
At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this site just a few weeks after it started as I was about to move to Valencia, a city I knew nothing of. Since then I have used it as the only site I would read for Cup stuff, having been involved the Cup myself and knowing all the bullsh*t that goes on, I decided just to stick with you Pierre, and I am glad I did. A very special thank you for a great site, and I am looking forward to seeing your new one.

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Pietro said...

What can I say... Many thanks for what you've done those years!

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Fred from Poland said...

For years Your blog was the very first thing I have looked at after getting on line. Great work!!!
I am looking forward to enjoy the new version. Thank You.

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember meeting you under RSA-83 the day she arrived from Cape Town, into the base in the Darsena... Seems like a lifetime ago!

Thanks for all the hard work and look forward to seeing and using the new site.

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great work you have done, and I am sure you will do even better in the new format - dont change the name we all love 'Valencia Sailing'.
Have a great Xmas. Alessandro

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the best site for sailing news. Everything here is RACE news, and not all those cruising articles like in many other sites!

Keep up the good work! Valenciasailing is checked +3 times each day!

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Leighton O'Connor said...

New site looks great. Best of luck. Thanks for all your great reporting!

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Rob Weiland said...

Good decision Pierre, good luck with the new format.

Best wishes for 2011.

Rob Weiland
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At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK!!!

ALL THE BEST!!!

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

the update looks good. my only suggestion: remove the ability to post anonymously- require at least a name. hopefully that will cut down the BS hateful posters out there.

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't change the name Pierre - Valencia Sailing is a bigger draw on the web than the America's Cup site. The Valencia perspective is what makes it different and fresh - who cares if the Cup is somewhere else (or something else) Good Luck
Euan Ross

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Francesco Bruni said...

Ciao Pierre, I will miss Valencia and Valencia Sailing, but I'm sure your new Website will be great! Good luck!

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah Andy that's bang on - at least I know that you and all the other Andy's out there are straight shooters . . . ?? . . .

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Ignazio Maria said...

Tank u for what u have done so far! My warning is that the new website is not iPhone friendly anymore and that might make a huge difference!!! My best wishes and thanks! Ignazio Maria Viola

 

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