32nd America's Cup: Saturday 28 April

32nd America’s Cup Saturday 28 April, 11.30pm

ONE Sport brings viewers LIVE, exclusive, free-to-air coverage of the ‘32nd America’s Cup’ from Valencia, Spain, with host John McBeth and commentators Peter Lester, Peter Montgomery and Martin Tasker.

The competition heats up in the third week of the Louis Vuitton Cup as the 11 Challengers, including Emirates Team New Zealand, continue to race each other in Round Robin Two. At the end of the Round Robins, seven teams will be eliminated from the competition, leaving only four to compete for the opportunity to challenge Alinghi.
The ONE Sport production team is heading into their second month in Valencia. The ’32nd America’s Cup’ is the debut of the Cup in Europe and the time difference means long days for the ONE Sport production team, and sleepless nights for New Zealand fans. The team gets to the base at 8am on race days and finish at 9.30pm or 10pm. “So there will be very long days – and very extensive coverage,” says ONE Sport host John McBeth.

The morning is spent preparing for the day’s action with the ONE Sport broadcast beginning at around 11.30pm (NZ Time) with a recap and preview, before the live racing begins. “When the racing starts we commentate right through, adding to the commentary using the Virtual Eye,” says McBeth. Virtual Eye is the latest sports graphics package from Dunedin-based Animation Research, the company who created the first real-time yachting graphics package for TVNZ’s coverage of the America’s Cup racing in San Diego in 1995. The 3D graphics are generated using real-time data beamed ashore from the boats. The data includes boat speeds, estimated time to markers, wind direction and speed, elapsed times and delta times around markers.

With up to five races each day on two different courses, the Louis Vuitton Round Robins are fast and furious. The live coverage ends with post-race interviews, a general wrap-up and a preview of the next day’s events. It is now around 4.30am in New Zealand (6.30pm in Valencia), and the second part of the day is beginning for the ONE Sport Team in Valencia as they sit down to script and edit an hour-long highlights package for the morning

With the highlights screening at 7am NZT (9pm Valencia) on TV ONE, McBeth is expecting the highlights will be appointment-viewing for Kiwis. “One taxi driver told me he was changing his shift so he could watch the Cup at night. But for those who can’t do that, the morning highlights are a good opportunity to catch up.”

Once the highlights are delivered, there are still a couple of hours of work preparing for the next day’s coverage on and off the water. ONE Sport’s coverage will take a look at Valencia, and include profiles of New Zealanders involved in the Cup at every level.

“There’s so much interest with regard to New Zealanders living and working overseas, for Emirates Team New Zealand and for other syndicates” says McBeth. “The America’s Cup has given New Zealand sailors huge career options, and not just those who sail the boat, but designers, sail makers, maintenance people. It has opened up enormous opportunities for our young sailors.”

ONE Sport’s LIVE coverage will start at around 11.30pm (NZ time) each race day. An hour-long daily highlights package will screen every weekday at 7am (NZT) and in the weekends. In addition to comprehensive coverage on TV ONE, the latest 32nd America’s Cup results will be available 24/7 at tvnz.co.nz and via broadband at toyotabringbackthecup.co.nz.

Join ONE Sport for all the action, stories and drama – on and off the water – of one the world’s great sporting competitions, as Emirates Team New Zealand strive to bring back the Cup.

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