This year I was given the opportunity to umpire twice during the iShares cup (Marseille and Amsterdam). I've received an E-mail today announcing a tv-special on Sky Sports - which I can't receive unfortunately. For all of you who can, here are the particulars:
See all the action from the 2007 iShares Cup Extreme 40 sailing series on Sky Sports next week [full timings below]. The 30-minute programme is presented by Dame Ellen MacArthur and gives viewers the chance to see all of the hair-raising moments from this fast-paced sailing series.
Tune in for all the drama of the iShares Cup Extreme 40 season including team Basilica's impressive sweep of the series and the battle for second-place between BT Better World and the Dutch team of Holmatro. France's legendary sailor Franck Cammas puts in a star appearance in Marseille whilst double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson joined in mid-series and experienced some exhilarating and near catastrophic moments onboard JPMorgan Asset Management, whilst the US team of Tommy Hilfiger swept the board in the fashion stakes! Plus the skippers and crew provide an inside look at how these boats are raced at close-quarters.
Held across four Europe's destinations - Munich, Marseille, Cowes and Amsterdam - the 2007 iShares Cup brought together many of the worlds best sailors from the America's Cup, Olympics and offshore ocean racing circuit. The Extreme 40 fleet raced on a mix of challenging racecourses from the open sea off Marseille and Cowes, Lake Starnberg and a canal the size of a football pitch in Amsterdam. This series drew spectator crowds at all locations and there crowds were never disappointed.
Get a sneak preview of the programme here!
The 2007 iShares Cup Extreme 40 sailing series was also supported by official timekeeper, Omega, and the crews celebrated their wins courtesy of official champagne supplier, G.H. Mumm.
iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series programme will be broadcast on Sky Sports as follows:
12 December 18:00 Sky Sports Xtra
12 December 22:30 Sky Sports 3
13 December 01:30 Sky Sports 2
13 December 10:30 Sky Sports 3
More information on the circuit can be found at http://www.iSharesCup.com
We umpired under addendum Q. And oh boy, did we need rule 19.1 in Amsterdam
I hope Sky will be able to show the hair raising moments there.