On November 4th there will be three hours of SAILING on ESPN Classic! That’s right, block off your Friday evening – sailing will be on mainstream TV. Three episodes, produced by legendary sailor Gary Jobson, are set to air. Here is a preview of each episode…
7pm: Championship Sailing – The best of One Design Racing
This one hour program focuses on One Design racing. Coverage will include each of the 10 Olympic Classes as well as interviews with the US Sailing Team and several world champions. The program will also include a feature on the history of One Design racing which dates back to the early 1900s. Three dozen sailors are interviewed from a wide variety of classes across the United States.
8pm: 2011 NYYC Invitational Cup
The NYYC Invitational Cup saw 22 ten-person teams from 16 countries. Eleven highly contested races were sailed over a five-day period off Newport, Rhode Island in identically matched Swan 42s. All of the competitors were amateur sailors and members of their respective yacht clubs, making this one design event very competitive. The program was shot in Hi Def aboard the race boats, from helicopters above the racecourse, and from boats on the water. Keep your eyes peeled for Oakcliff supporter John Mooney – sailing as the owner’s representative aboard Uxorious III. This episode will re-air on Sunday November 6th at 1:30pm on ESPN 2.
9pm: Racing for an Ocean Record
This episode will feature distance ocean racing in the 2011 Annapolis to Newport race and the Marblehead to Halifax race. the 2011 Marblehead to Halifax race – which many of you may remember was a very successful event for Oakcliff. Our Ker 50, filled with Oakcliff acorns, staff, and supporters took 3rd place in the IRC 1 fleet. Additionally, our Ker 11.3 piloted by acorns Jeffrey MacFarlane and Mike Nicoletti took 1st place in the Doublehanded division.
Coverage for this episode will come from ESPN reporters who tagged along aboard a few of the race boats. Aurora, guided by the show’s producer Gary Jobson, and our Oakcliff Ker 50 will be two of the featured boats. Tune in Friday at 9pm for the whole story.