Inside Eric’s Umpire PWC, and ACWS in Venice

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:

    Excellent, the AC cats are racing right in the mouth of the Grand Canal. Right now!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, Fly-to-Map has online charts of the Venice area. Just search “Venice, Italy” and you’ll see how limited the race course possibilities are inside the Lagoon:
    And Bing has good sat photo maps of Venice:
    I stayed near the corner of Via Garibaldi and the waterfront, just south of the Arsenal. Highly recommended area, especially as it’s largely out of the tourist area.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool. LiveLine can now show when a boat gets a penalty — which is happening fairly frequently in these light, tight conditions — and also how much distance it has to give up to make good on the penalty.
    LiveLine — detailed on Panbo here: — recently won an Emmy for Technical Innovation AND I just learned that there’s now an ACWS tracking app out that uses the freely available realtime data stream. CupExperience, which is great, has the story and links:

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Last day of AC 45 racing in Venice and it’s arguably as exciting in very light conditions as it is in a breeze.
    I’ve been in touch with Eric and he’s having a ball. Check out photos of the AC teams sailing ancient Venetian designs and enjoying a lunch for 600 set on a very long table set down the middle of Via Garibaldi:
    The Volvo Ocean Race is also starting its trans Atlantic leg in Miami today:

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Live coverage of ACWS in Newport starts in a few minutes:
    I believe that our man Dan Corcoran is there and will be reporting on his experience soon.

  6. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    That’s right. Some on the scene Panbo reporting is in the works from Newport.
    I have to say this is an exciting place to be, especially if your on the race course on a mark boat. You can reach out and touch these guys.
    Rather than inflatable marks, ACWS uses powered mark boats as marks, that the competitors round on the race course. Every inch a competitor sails past a mark boat before turning around, is 2 inches wasted in the distance they need to travel on the course.
    Sometimes the competitors bump the mark boats as they attempt to round as it happened today in the mark boat adjacent to mine. Just like that, bow pulpit gone, photographer on bow not missing a beat just trying to get the shot.
    Of yea, the electronics are exciting too. Be back soon.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The second season of AC World Series has begun in San Francisco with 11 AC45 cats headed to the fleet race starting lines. And they’ve got new apps for watching the action:

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