Blogging the America's Cup


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Blogging the America's Cup

Two Cup cycles ago (Auckland 1999-2000), fans struggled to find information on the World Wide Web about the event, the teams, and their boats.  In 2007, the Web Version 2.0 is knocking at your door and many people "in the know" have started to blog their own AC32 experiences.   The America's Cup is becoming accessible like almost no other sporting event.

So who's blogging the America's Cup ?  Long-time fans who found an easy way to present their passion, local people who originally wanted to share their pictures (and soon expanded the scope of their work), team members who blog their life to stay in touch with family, challengers who "open the doors" to the fans, and expert journalists who publish first-person articles to share their personal perspective of events.

Here are links to selected blogs, great sources of information and insight for the Cup fan.  CupInfo will endeavor to keep this list growing, so please feel free to send us your best links !

Challenger Commission :  The mother of all AC blogs, maintained by Tom Ehman, official business with a sense of humor.  On hiatus since 2007.

Valencia Sailing :  From Darsena Interior to Port America's Cup: local coverage by the enthusiastic Pierre Orphanidis with plenty of photos and even some video.

BMW Oracle Racing  : The (other) source of news about US Challenger of Record and insider Cup information, one of Mr. Ehman's many many pursuits.  On hiatus since 2007.

Sail West :  Sail Magazine editor Kimball Livingstone astutely describes the behind-the-scenes, on-the-water, off-the-water, or off-the-wall events of sailing.  Clever, well-written, and, best of all, well-observed.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team : Inside view (in Italian) of the Latin Rascals.

LeTemps.ch : Swiss journalist Isabelle Musy brings more about what's buzzing around Port America's Cup (in French).

Stuart Alexander :  Leading America's Cup journalist writes opinion and insight in his "Extra Time" for The Independent.  Alexander's earlier blog appears to be retired.

Gone with the Wind :  Top photographer Gilles Martin-Raget writes accompaniment to his constant procession of great images. (in French).

Peter Lester :  NZ Journalists Julie Ash and Peter Lester's blog in Valencia.  Both very knowledgeable, Ash writes copiously and well for the NZ Herald, and Peter Lester is one of the most respected sailing commentators on TV.  Active during the LVC and America's Cup regattas, but dormant in 2008.

Bob Fisher :  The dean of America's Cup journalists, though his Sailing Fish blog is on indefinite leave.

Un ao en Valencia : Areva Challenge design coordinator Dimitri Nicolopoulos blogs his Cup experience (in French).  Very revealing on technical issues at times.

Tack by Tack :  Well-informed commentary both off the race course, and, as the name implies, during the races themselves from America's Cup veteran Mark Chisnell, who also keeps a more general sailing blog at markchisnell.com.  Also see Tack by Tack's very helpful "Guide to Match Racing".

SailJuice : Top sailor Andy Rice offers a nicely readable and regularly updated professional sailor's view of the sport, inside the America's Cup and outside of it.

The AfterGuard :  One fan's opinions, with emphasis on Britain's Team Origin.  Intermittently updated but informed.
 


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