A new adapter for Lasers is coming out soon. It allows the hydraulic self-leveling mount to be mounted to a clamp mount to be fixed to the bow cleat on a Laser.
Since I am having trouble loading video you can see the reports put together by editor Scott Shucher for Gary Jobson. The on board cameras and mounts are all Horizon True systems, not all use the self leveling mounts, though.
Paige Railey and Clair Dennis had cameras today for the Womens Laser Radial. Mens Laser - cameras were with Clay Johnson and Rod Crane. Hoping for good video. This morning a storm blew through and we are expecting 18-25 Knot winds switching from the south to W/NW. More later!
Well, the breeze was good but no more than 16 Knots. The cameras did well today. I used the GoPro without any microphone. Attached with a clamp mount on the bow eye. Here is a snap shot of the camera view. I am still working on a way to load video to the blog page.
Another great day on the water here in Miami! Cameras were on two Stars today. We used extended mast mounts boats. (and a lot of Duck Tape). Due to the low sweeping boom that extends beyond the transom, a stern mount would not work as well as the mast mount and even on the mast it is difficult to keep it out of the way of the jib sheets. The two boats were our leading USA boats with Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih, the other boat was with George Szabo and Frithjof Keen.
The on-board video didn't work today. We had some camera issues. Bummer, seems there is always a learning curve. Tomorrow we will be on the Lasers!
The 49ers are one of the fastest boats in the Olympics. We were on board USA 1105 with Eric Storek and Trevor Moore, also boat USA 1214 with Alex Bishop and Val Smith. The winds were 12-14 with small chop but these boats certainly exceed the wind speed.
We used the rail mount from the multipupose package using a 2" shaft clamped on the stern of the boat and facing either starboard or port...these are wide boats! I also had to use a shorter counterbalance shaft then added an extra weight to keep the profile low.
Later tonight I will post a video clip put together by Scott Shucher for Gary Jobson. You will see the action from a chase boat (Mike Audic shooting) and on board video as well. These will be posted here and on the US Sailing site and Jobson Sailing site as well.
Filming for ESPN at the Miami OCR next week. (Jan 23-29) I will be putting cameras on 2 boats daily. This has always been a challenge, but this year we have some new self leveling mounts that can attach to suction cups plus our new Flange Grabber for the boats without rails. Look for these new products to be introduced soon!
We will be using the New VIO HD cameras with Sennheiser wireless mics. Look for daily video postings at www.jobsonsailing.com
Today The US Women's International Match Racing team were joined by the Brits, Brazil, Germany, and I believe Denmark. This was a peek at the up coming OCR (Olympic Class Regatta). The Americans and Brits were definitely the strongest teams!
One camera on the stern on one of the US boats today. We experimented with a "low cost" wireless microphone that I patched into a GoPro HD camera. The results were "low". Good video, poor sound. I have had great success with the Sennheiser wireless mics with the GoPro HD, (used in College Nationals) but they are more expensive, the lesson here, is you get what you pay for.
Here is a sample video...can you say tacking!?
Day 4 winds up! A steady 18 knots with gusts to 22. The upper limit of the Elliot 6M is 25 knots. Today revealed the caliber of "our" US Women sailors! Keeping the boat flat is key in the heavier wind. Changing gears, keeping the boat fast and focusing on tactics and rules seemed effortless for Team USA under Dave Perry's guidance!
Speaking of Dave, spending a few days with him on the coach boat was an eye opener. He is gifted in the unique ability to push hard yet encourage the teams. He has earned both the respect and affection of these young athlete's.
The mounts used to day were all on the stern with suction cup mount with Horizon True self leveling mounts and VIO HD cameras...we got some awesome video!
Day three, Miami, winds 14, nice breeze! US and Brit's practice together today. First time World Champion Lucy Macgregor who won it in the last race this past September, taking the trophy from two time World Champion Sally Barkow, were back at it again, but, just practice today for the two teams and friends, I'm told. Horizon True camera mounts on board the US teams today included the mast mount on two of the boats and one stern suction mount with a new Horizon True adapter. The cameras used were the new VIO HD cameras...beautiful video! Stay tuned, I'll be posting some of the video from this week soon!
Day two. No wind, mid 80's. Training continues without going on the water. Dave Perry kept the teams challenged while presenting new techniques and possible alternative scenarios looking back at recent Match Racing events Dave had recorded from his coach boat.
The teams then ended the day with suggestions for, and placement of the Horizon True camera mounts and cameras for the on-board video that we will be doing tomorrow, forecast is moderate to heavy air!
Dr. Jeff Mootz
Both an optometrist and an inventor, Dr. Mootz has turned his sailing passion into a sailing business.