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Why the black out on the coverage of the America’s Cup?
(Letter to the local media, newspapers, TV)
After 150+ years of nautical jostling between the USA
and the rest of the world, 150 years of pitting the best of the
best in nautical skill and technology, where is the media
this year? No live TV coverage, no headlines, not even a
blog. Guess the American boat (USA) needs a murder, a
rape or shark attack on board to get the attention of the “if
it bleeds it leads” news media. Steeped in years of tradition
and sailing rivalry and we don’t even get a blog. How
Support local and regional programs for children
patriotic is that? And you call this (Seattle) a Sailor’s port?
and young adults through the charitable donation
The challenging boat (USA17) that won today’s race
of your boat. The Pacific Marine foundation
was built right here in in our backyard. For 15 years this
is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization funding
trophy has been gathering dust on foreign shores. Today,
regional programs such as Northwest Youth
the USA team will be returning the trophy to our own
Services, Sea Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, and
shores. USA put the pedal of technology to the floor
local public school education foundations. A
and accelerated out of the start gate to quickly pass the
substantial tax savings and the possibility of a
contending boat to win both matches. Today’s race was as
partial cash sale makes a charitable donation a
exciting as it can get.
very attractive alternative for any owner who is
These boats are very hi-tech with multihull designs,
considering selling their power or sailing yacht.
sails 17 stories high, and capable of doing 30 knots in a 8
knot wind, and where were you? Yeah, I know doing one
(888) 443-8262 • www.pacificmarine.org
knot per hour covering the same old bla bla bla news. It’s
1900 W Nickerson #2000, Seattle, WA 98119
no surprise.
It’s quite a slap in the face for the sailors and vendors
of our maritime community to be treated this way. The
boaters pour millions of dollars into this state and keep
many jobs alive, yet we are very much ignored by the
media, especially by TV news.
Mike Weatherby
Master ocean voyaging in the South Pacific
aboard Mahina Tiare III, a Hallberg-Rassy 46.
Since when have you seen anything other than bare-bones
coverage of sailing in the Seattle media? In their defense, they did
run stories about USA17 (BMW/Oracle) winning the America’s
Cup a day or two after the event. I also think that the incessant
noise about the court cases and off-the-water shenanigans
numbed a lot of interest in the event. Literally, no one knew, until
the gun went off to start the first race, that there would actually
be real racing. Tough to schedule TV time.
Hopefully, with this AC 33 “settled” (please, please be so)
and the Italians as the challengers of record, we can get back
to multiple challengers on a level playing field, vying for the
See Us At
prestigious Auld Mug.
Strictly Sail
Oakland, CA
Live, From Race Rocks
With a combined experience of 526,000
This is a cool site, a live cam at Race Rocks compliments of
miles and 67 years. John and Amanda Neal’s
Capt Jim Maya of Westside Whale Watch.
curriculum offers you a unique
http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/video1frame.htm
hands-on learning experience.
Karen and Norris Palmer
www.mahina.com  •  360.378.6131
This is pretty neat. You can actually control the camera.
48° No r t h , Ma r c h 2010 Pa g e 14
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