Monthly Archives: May 2015

Canal Plus buys America’s Cup rights

Source telecompaper


French pay TV group Canal Plus has acquired rights to the America’s Cup sailing competition for over 50 markets, including France, Monaco, French-speaking Switzerland. Canal Plus Sport and Canal Plus on demand channels will broadcast races live and produce highlights programmes. Coverage to include the America’s Cup World Series 2015-2016, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and from May 2017 in Bermuda, the challenger eliminations leading toward the 35th America’s Cup in June 2017. Canal Plus covered the America’s Cup in 2013.

BT Sport and BBC get America’s Cup broadcast rights

Source: AC media


Beginning with the opening races of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth on July 25th and 26th this summer, BT Sport will offer live coverage of all America’s Cup racing to viewers in the UK and Ireland through to the finals in 2017.

The BBC will carry highlights programming from the America’s Cup after acquiring free-to-air broadcast rights for the event.

Highlights from the 2015-16 America’s Cup World Series – including the Portsmouth events – as well as the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and America’s Cup Finals are included in the BBC agreement for free-to-air broadcast.

Excitement for the America’s Cup has never been greater in the UK, as Sir Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor in history, heads the British challenge to win the oldest trophy in international sport.

“With Sir Ben Ainslie leading the charge for Britain, and with the first event of the America’s Cup World Series taking place in Portsmouth in July this year, we know the interest level in the UK has never been higher,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup.

“Our partnership with BT Sport as our live coverage broadcaster and the BBC for highlights programming, means we have an opportunity to reach millions of sailing fans in the UK and Ireland and engage them in the new America’s Cup, which is more dynamic, athletic and spectacular than ever before. Fans have a choice of watching the live programming or they can catch highlight shows on the BBC. It’s a powerful combination.”

Under the agreements, BT Sport will broadcast all live wwws of the 2015-16 America’s Cup World Series events, being hosted in Portsmouth in July 2015 and again in July 2016, and continuing with events around the world. The BBC will have highlight programming from the World Series events.

Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of Teamorigin Events and Founding Shareholder and Director of Ben Ainslie Racing, said:

“The America’s Cup World Series event taking place in Portsmouth this July will be the first time a British team will compete in an official America’s Cup event in British waters since 1851. This is going to be an historic occasion where we expect up to 500,000 people attending the event and with BT Sport’s support as the exclusively live broadcaster, and the BBC showing highlight programming, many millions more will be engaged on TV and online.“

In 2017, the focus will shift to Bermuda, for coverage of the America’s Cup Qualifiers, Challenger Playoffs, and America’s Cup Finals.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring the story of Sir Ben Ainslie’s quest for the America’s Cup to millions of fans in the UK and Ireland,” said Simon Green, head of BT Sport.

“The essence of the America’s Cup is the racing on the water and with exclusively live coverage of all the live wwws across all of the BT Sport platforms, viewers will share in the full story from the first races in Portsmouth this summer through to the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda in June 2017.”

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport says “The BBC is delighted to be able to offer viewers highlights programming for the next two and a half years of America’s Cup racing. We’ve followed Sir Ben Ainslie throughout his brilliant Olympic career and covered his remarkable contribution to the dramatic America’s Cup climax two years ago, so we’re delighted to bring the latest chapter in his career to a wide audience of existing fans and newcomers.

SoftBank Team Japan announces challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup

By Johno Fullerton

Kansai Yacht Club Commodore Ko Watanabe and SoftBank Team Japan General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku "Fuku", sign the challenge papers.  Photo: SoftBank Team Japan / Yoichi Yabe

Kansai Yacht Club Commodore Ko Watanabe and SoftBank Team Japan General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku “Fuku”, sign the challenge papers.
Photo: SoftBank Team Japan / Yoichi Yabe

SoftBank Corp and the Kansai Yacht Club announced they have come to an agreement to challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup. As SoftBank Team Japan, the team will compete in the 2015 America’s Cup World Series events, and challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.

The campaign was confirmed today by Kazuhiko Sofuku, “Fuku”, a veteran of four previous America’s Cup campaigns who has been appointed as the team’s general manager.

“To lead a Japanese challenge for the America’s Cup is a dream come true,” said Fuku, who last raced with a Japanese team for the Cup 15 years ago as bowman for Nippon Challenge during the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series.

“This is a great opportunity for Japan and for Japanese sailors to get back into the America’s Cup game,” Fuku explained. “We are planning to build up our team using America’s Cup World Series events to recruit and train Japanese sailors for our crew.”

SoftBank Group representative Masayoshi Son said, “I am thrilled to announce that we will be supporting Team Japan at the America’s Cup.” He added, “Taking on this major challenge at the pinnacle of yacht races matches with the SoftBank Group’s aim to be the global No.1. We look forward to cheering on Team Japan along with all of their supporters.”

SoftBank Team Japan is challenging under the banner of the Kansai Yacht Club, among the most distinguished clubs in the country.

“It is an honour for the Kansai Yacht Club to try for the America’s Cup for the first time,” said Commodore Ko Watanabe. “This is a great challenge to take on, not just for our club, but for the entire country. With support from across the entire nation, I am sure we will represent Japan with pride.”

A base level of technical assistance from Oracle Team USA will be provided to SoftBank Team Japan as it prepares for the 2015 America’s Cup World Series events.

“SoftBank Team Japan is a very positive addition to the America’s Cup,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller. “The Japanese challenge will increase interest in the America’s Cup across Asia which is good news for all of our teams and partners.”

Antigua Sailing Week 2015. Foiling on the big waves

By Shannon Falcone

Chasing the G4 on the last day of racing with my drone, somewhat sketchy when trying to keep up at 25kts in big seas.

Big thanks to Adam Anton ( for trying to keep me dry when focused on flying and to Ryan Rice ( for the edit.

Drone: DJI Inspire
Music: Bella – Finnebassen