Andrew Pindar on his involvement in the Extreme Sailing Series, and the evolution of sponsorship in sailing properties.
It's a little over seven months since Harvey Schiller took on the new role of America's Cup commercial commissioner. With Bermuda secured as host, he is now overseeing a new sales cycle for sailing's biggest event.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of sailing’s most commercially mature events but the 2014/15 edition, which is setting sail from Alicante this weekend, will be the first with centrally designed and built yachts. Seven teams, each with their own commercial tale to tell, have reached the start line, ready for a nine-month voyage around the world.
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Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie believes his burgeoning British America's Cup team is "in about as good a position as we possibly can be", ahead of the publication of the protocol governing the next edition of sailing’s most prestigious event in the coming weeks.
Oracle Team USA’s remarkable come-from-behind victory in the America’s Cup last week marked the fifth time New Zealander Russell Coutts has been part of a Cup winning team. The 51-year old, a legendary name in Cup history even before his latest triumph, was chief executive of the US team in San Francisco this summer, but also one of the architects of the 34th Cup alongside Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison. Coutts sat down with SportsPro to assess the summer and the changes required for the next edition.
Team Oracle USA’s dramatic comeback from 8-1 down to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand in Wednesday’s winner-takes-all finale was the perfect end to what was, all things considered, an imperfect edition of the America’s Cup.
The seventh edition of the Clipper Round the World Race begins on Sunday when the fleet of 12 leaves London's St Katherine Docks and makes its way down the River Thames, the starting point of what, for many, will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The final of the Louis Vuitton Cup, currently underway on San Francisco Bay, marks the beginning of the end of the 34th America's Cup. The battle for the Cup itself will follow in early September but a saga filled with tragedy, the usual politics, controversy and sometimes even a touch of farce is now reaching what organisers will desperately hope is a dramatic conclusion.
The Extreme Sailing Series has announced Land Rover as one of its main partners for the next three years. As the ink was drying on the most important sponsorship contract in the series’ seven year history, Mark Turner, the owner of OC Sport, the sports marketing and management firm which runs Extreme Sailing, sat down with SportsPro to talk through the partnership.
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