Wednesday, September 9, 2009

America’s Cup in the UAE Roundup

Some of the stories dominating the forthcoming America’s Cup race in Ras al Khaimah, February 2010:

Louis Vuitton Race to Fill Void
Louis Vuitton Launches New Racing Circuit, The Associated Press, 8 September 2009.
With the America's Cup destined to remain in the courtroom for the foreseeable future, a new event, the Louis Vuitton World Series, has been launched to fill the void left at the highest level of international yacht racing.

AC in Age of Citizen Journalism
Tim Jeffery Appointed as BMW Oracle Racing’s Director Communications, Yacht Sponsorship, 7 September 2009.
The 33rd America’s Cup will be the first AC regatta run in the new world order of social media and citizen journalism. How will this affect media rights?

Oracle Team in RAK
Oracle Team Visits Proposed America’s Cup Site in UAE, AFP, 6 September 2009.
Oracle team reps are at RAK for several days this week to case out the proposed venue. Commentators are wondering whether they are collecting more fuel for their legal battle or whether they will agree to the America’s Cup race in RAK.

Why Brad Likes RAK
Butterworth excited by RAK Date, The National, 6 September 2009.
Brad Butterworth is confident about the ‘perfect racing conditions’ in the UAE.

Why AC is Good for UAE
Alaric Gomes, ‘Watching Great Sailors will Motivate Youth’, Gulf News, 5 September 2009.
In an interview, a RAK spokesperson highlights several benefits for Emirati young people as the UAE hosts America’s Cup.

On Related Sites
Ride the New Metro in Dubai with Sheikh Mohammed, Experiencing the Emirates, 8 September 2009.

Night Souk in Fujairah, Fujairah in Focus, 8 September 2009.

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Image: BMW Oracle on the water.