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Playstation: Wait One Once again
A low pressure system that was thought to finally be the one for Playstation has turned out be a hindrance rather than a help. The low pressure is producing a gale and headwinds. This is not an acceptable weather window and so Playstation will continue to wait in New York.
One more possible window is 13-15 December. If Playstation doesn't leave then, there will not be a departure until after the Christmas holiday.
Sailor of the Year Update
For the first time Torresen Sailing Site is allowing it's visitors to vote for the Sailor of the Year. There is separate voting for male and female sailors. 15 days remain to get your vote in.
America True captain Dawn Riley is the top recipient of votes in the women's contest. Riley has received 59% of the votes.
Italian Giovanni Soldini tops the men's list with 53% of the votes.
This contest is a great way to do two things. One express your opinion on our sports best. Second, enter in a drawing for sailing prizes including: a 2000 Ultimate Sailing Calendar and free subscriptions to Great Lakes Current.
To participate visit the Sailor of the Year home page.
Internet Portals Sponsor America's Cup
For complete America's Cup results see (C)update Daily
To date the America's Cup has cast a ghostly image in so called old media. Newspapers have given periodic coverage mainly through printing the points table. TV has taken little notice except for the Young America gondola incident, and a bit of ESPN coverage.
Those of us with Internet access have received daily coverage. If you have Internet access you know more about this Cup than any time previously.
For proof that the Internet and it's new media companies are a good match with sailing look no further than the sponsorship deals of this Cup. Internet portal Yahoo is a sponsor of Young America, with their logo on the team's spinnakers. This week America One announced that they have signed Internet portal Lycos as a sponsor.
America One will provide hull and boom signage for Lycos. America One and its sponsors will receive exposure on Lycos' network of websites. America One hopes this wide exposure on the Internet will promote it's campaign and sailing in general. This agreement seems to benefit both parties and perhaps even the overall sport of sailing.
Yahoo's deal with Young America came during the earlier rounds. Yahoo's logo is prominently displayed on Young America's spinnakers. Yahoo is one of the campaign's top sponsors, what Young America terms a premier sponsor.
The Yahoo/Young America deal seems to be structured more traditionally. Yahoo gets signage on the boat, and a chance to host corporate hospitality functions in New Zealand. There is no mention of Yahoo hosting or creating content. A visit to Yahoo confirms this.
These deals are ironic in a way. Sailing is a sport which utilizes high technology, but is based on ancient and natural principles. Internet portals are a development of the new Internet economy. For sailors it a fortunate situation that the old and new combine so well.