It's truly an amazing world, to prove my point I'll relate to you how I acquired a press pass for Newsvine as a reporter to the America's Cup in Valencia Spain. Since I've never been a sports reporter I will be learning on the way, my real expertise being in the realms of business and politics as an analyst or consultant.
What a pleasure, as I've been a fan of the America's Cup since my early twenties. As I'm profoundly leftist in my political belief's and have a rather large bone to pick with corporations as wielding far too much power as opposed to the damage they produce I'm at a loss to explain why the Cup, which makes golf look like a sport for paupers, has held such a fascination for me for such a long time. Perhaps its the fact that not only are sailors involved but top flight engineers, and designers for hulls, sail making is paramount, along with the perfection in teamwork that's required to make one of these ships skip over the ocean at breakneck speeds. Captains are a select few and masters at their craft along with their ever present navigators and tacticians as brains may be the most significant part of the teams success. In the end the most persistent player is the Sea herself dictating how the race will be run and throw her fury in the face of ant team thinking that this race is dependent upon hard work or dedication only.
As a reporter for Newsvine I will do my best to give a reasonable history of the America's Cup, which is rich and the longest running championship that we participate in.
The pictures afforded to us are breathtaking from any partakers point of view and I will be adding as many as I can so you may peruse them.
I will additionally spend an article defining the rules and regulations, which are complicated and will take a while, but most certainly adds to the excitement.
Finally I will spend an article to update everyone on where the Louis Vuitton Cup is today, the Louis Vuitton Cup decides the Challenger as the America's Cup holder is always in the final yet still races all year against the competitors but doesn't have to worry about being excluded from the Cup final. This is also why the New York Yacht Club had the Cup bolted into trophy case as we held the cup for so many years. I'll get back to that on the historic article.
After that I will just update as applicable, lets remember racing doesn't happen every day. If the winds are to light, races are canceled, or if too heavy and may constitute a danger to the boats and their sailors. I remember one year a ship in heavy seas actually split in half and sank. The excitement of it all.
Well I most certainly hoped I've peaked your interest a little bit, and if the race itself doesn't work maybe the pictures will draw you in for glimpse of the finest and fastest sailing ships on the planet.
As a final point I think it's rather significant that Newvine qualifies for a press pass, and more tellingly we can all pick and ask for press passes to more important events, such as the Democratic and Republican debates, or perhaps scientific events. We may not be the fourth estate, but apparently the self named fifth estate has and is gaining power.
Thanks for reading and I'll follow up with the history of the Cup tomorrow. Oh and Calvin do you know when my tickets for Valencia Spain will be arriving for me and my assistant Bambi?
Go New Zealand!!