The racing began In Oregon's famous Gorge on the Columbia River, known for windy conditions! Not so today. Only 6 races were completed. Due to the strong current, winds of 10 knots are needed to counteract this 4 knot current. Here is a video clip of St Mary's team practicing rounding a mark against the current.
18 college teams qualified to compete the next three days on the Columbia River Gorge! Gary Jobson and his team will be filming from the water, shore and on board the FJ dinghy sailboats for ESPN U. As a part of his team we will be using a slightly modified mast mount with the P5000 hydraulic and the new VIO HD video camera. The reason I chose this camera is not just the high def and wide angle lens, but because lithium batteries will last 4 hours safely and with a 32 gig SDHC card we are in business!
I will try to post some of the on-board video here each day and give some basic highlights....so check back tomorrow for some exciting on-board video!
The Atlantic Cup continues this weekend but the boat to beat is Mike Hennessy's Dragon. Here is a pic of him and his crew sailing to the finish. Notice the Horizon True camera mount on the stern. Photo by Billy Black
The Atlantic Cup is a fairly new regatta. It consists of the Class 40 yachts and started with a race from New York City to Newport, RI. This weekend they will be competing in bouy racing and the low point boat wins a $15,000 purse!
The point is they have really tried to get some good media attention and attract spectators. Some of what they are trying is on-board video using VIO HD cameras with Horizon True camera mounts and wireless microphones with a media person on board for the distant race to keep the cameras going. So, watch for some great video to come! Check out www.atlanticcup.org
Dr. Jeff Mootz
Both an optometrist and an inventor, Dr. Mootz has turned his sailing passion into a sailing business.