America’s Cup 34, a tech overview

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.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    You could say that the match racing champ was predictable, seeing as it was Oracle Spithill (with Larry Ellison as “guest crew”), but the French are coming on strong and I’m dead sure that these races are being run fair and square…maybe more so than any previous sailboat racing.
    And it was quite exciting in the LiveLine production booth, which is actually a container stuffed with electronics and some very skilful operators. An unidentified and intermittent RF source was messing up the LiveLine helicopter video feed. The chopper’s data feed — it’s tracked 10x more precisely than the race boats — was fine, but it’s frustrating to overlay all that useful LiveLine data onto imperfect video. Many possible causes were discussed, some explored, but I think the actual broadcast was fine because they’ve built in lots of fall back options.

  2. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Any eye-wear with built in heads up displays?

  3. Chris says:

    Stan is just an incredibly nice and patient guy. I’m a sailing nobody and he spent 45 minutes answering questions and clearly explaining sailing trim. To me. By myself.
    And his wife might even be the better sailor. He recently won the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. He loves to point out that he only needs to win it one more time to catch up with Sally.
    I worship at the Church of Stan Honey, but then in these parts, we all do.

  4. Russ says:

    Spot on. Stan Honey is one of the smartest and nicest guys in yacht racing.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Charlie Doane found a great Seahorse video of Stan Honey explaining the nuances of navigating a super tri around the world:

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