AC34 LiveLine, harder than football & open sourced

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Auspicious says:

    What is really cool about the lines and logos laid on the TV is that–as I understand it–they are the result of the innovation of Stan Honey, the same guy that in partnership with Jim Corenman established Sailmail and contributed to Winlink. Those services and the Airmail product that connects to them provide e-mail over HF/SSB radio to thousands of cruising sailors and boaters. Go Stan!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks for mentioning that, Auspicious. Honey is even credited as “organizer” on the SailMail site:
    And the guy was just awarded Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for his role as navigator aboard an otherwise all French trimaran that set the non-stop circumnavigation record (in 48 days!):
    I would have made more of Stan in this entry except that I already got pretty carried away last June (and I don’t want to make such nice man nervous ;-):
    Incidentally, the guy in charge of AC34 fleet electronics is Eric Steinberg, who also runs Farallon Electronics, which may be the biggest distributor of Pactor modems in the U.S. He also developed the iStar GPS (with help from Stan) that I wrote about here:
    Eric was a huge help to me in San Diego and he will figure in a future entry about the tricked-out Jetskis the umpires use. The depth and breadth of talent behind AC34 is amazing, and I’m afraid I’ve become a total fan boy.

  3. Steve Hayes says:

    Ben, you are one of a legion of fanboys. AC has entered the 21st century with technology and opportunities that could not have been imagined a very short time ago. It’s a godsend to the sport that Silicon Valley won. NASCAR looks tame. It will never impact my personal enjoyment of participation in the sport in my 30+ year old boat, but the nonstop Internet coverage has brought a real lift to my winter.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    AC34 just put up some good videos aboat how LiveLine is created:
    …and what it looks like:
    Oddly, though, they’re both based on video footage taken before the San Diego event. Much has improved. I’ve even heard that KVH has supplied an specially adapted tracking antenna to beam in on the signal from the LiveLine camera helicopter.
    AC34 has also cut a deal with NBC to broadcast the racing. It’s an unusual deal, though:

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Pleased to report that Yachting has already posted most of my April issue feature about AC34:
    Missing are the sidebars about Stan Honey and the new Mark/VIP boats, and — don’t know why — my own photos.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    LiveLine got an Emmy nomination!
    In other news, racing starts in Naples on April 11 and I’m about to join a conference call with Team Oracle

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Stan Honey spoke at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and though the boobs who videoed it left out his presentation, this is a terrific explanation of LiveLine and where it’s headed. Stan says that they may even overlay graphics that show the bad air created by a racer’s sails. He also confirms AC34’s intent to make all the data available in real time to all developers.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hard to work this morning with live AC45 racing from Naples going on YouTube. Gary Jobson is narrating, LiveLine and onboard cams/mics are working great, and there’s LOTS of wind and sea:

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