The 34th America’s Cup competition has started in San Francisco and it is spectacular, even on TV. The boats are 72-foot catamarans with hydrofoils that routinely touch 40 knots of boat speed in the winds that rip through the Golden Gate. The competitors are New Zealand, Sweden, Italy and the U.S.
Prada (Italy) boycotted the first race because they were irritated over a rules interpretation, so Emirates Team New Zealand sailed around the course alone to collect one point. Some things about the Cup never change, do they? Live coverage and written articles are on the America’s Cup Internet site but they don’t seem to keep video afterwards:
I found even better video coverage of the America’s Cup racing. It’s on YouTube:
This makes it easy to see on your TV if it is Internet-enabled or has a box like an AppleTV or Roku. Just go to YouTube in the TV menu and search for “America’s Cup”.
The YouTube site keeps videos online for later viewing and, I think, also streams it live. The next race (actually the first real race start, since Prada forfeited their first one yesterday) is on Tuesday at 1215 Pacific Time, if I’m reading the schedule on the official America’s Cup site correctly. That should be 3:15pm Eastern Time.