America’s Cup fans looking for where to watch the warm-up events – the America’s Cup World Series now have more choice if they want to see the racing live on TV.
Fans of ORACLE Racing in San Francisco will be able to tune into Comcast Sportsnet. While Artemis Racing’s army of supporters in Scandinavia can watch the final 40 minute Sunday race on Viasat Sports.
Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority has stepped back a little from the pitch that preceded the Cascais event. The new claims are not blanket statements of fact, but opinions of the promoters.
“Globally, broadcasters have been attracted to the athletic and competitive nature of the sport, as well as the outstanding production quality of what we believe is the best sailing that has ever been seen on television or online.”
For sailing fans around the world who might not have the technology to stream 40 minutes of HD content via YouTube, the live broadcast of the fleet race will be carried on Now TV in Hong Kong, Supersport in South Africa and on Sky Sports.com in the UK. New Zealand’s TVNZ will also carry live action.
Where Can I watch The America’s Cup World Series Replay?
Highlights (presumably of the whole event, not just the 40 minute final race) will be shown on a variety of channels. In the UK highlights will be on Sky Sports & ITV4 (at 18.00 local time) on September 18th. Elsewhere:
- Versus and Comcast Sportsnet in the USA
- Canal+ in France, La Siete in Spain
- Sport1 in Germany
- Great Sports Channel in China
- ESPN Sur across South America
- Sport Klub channels in nine Eastern European countries
- Channel 7 Australia
- Yacht and Sail channel across 24 European territories, including Italy.
Where Can I watch the America’s Cup World Series Online?
In addition to broadcast outlets, every minute of the live action is available on the dedicated America’s Cup YouTube channel – livestreamed and on demand – with a choice of commentary. For the general sports fan who doesn’t know port from starboard, bow from stern, up from down there is a dumbed down audio track that makes it simple. For the sailing insider there is a soundtrack that endeavours to explain why this doesn’t look like anything they have ever seen before.
As well as multi-screen player with four different camera angles so viewers can choose the action they want to view.
The PR folk are still trying to explain sailing in terms that a petrol-head motorsport fan might understand. The statements says:
The second stop of the global circuit, the AC World Series Plymouth action begins this weekend, featuring the high-octane AC 500 Speed Trial that showcases teams pushing their boats and themselves to the very limit.
For the sailing insiders, Octane is a hydrocarbon liquid that is used as a reference standard to describe the tendency of gasoline, petrol, or benzin fuels to self ignite during compression prior to the desired position of the piston in the cylinder as appropriate for valve and ignition timing. What it has to do with sailing, we have no idea.