super sailing saturday

this Saturday, November 6th, ESPN Classic will showcase three sailing/racing documentaries.  I probably won’t get a chance to watch any of them, though – as I don’t have cable TV, and the 2nd two episodes will be broadcast during the Michigan State football game (also on cable, but at least I can listen to the game on the radio).  maybe I can convince my brother-in-law to DVR the sailing shows for me?

Stars & Stripes

11:00am Eastern
Thomson Reuters Presents:  Man Against Nature: Long Distance Racing
Gary Jobson presents an in-depth look at the challenges and rigors of racing sailboats in long distance competitions. Join the crews of several boats as they race to Bermuda, across the Atlantic Ocean, on the Great Lakes and even around the world. A special focus is on the roughest ocean races on record including the 1979 Fastnet Race and the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race.
12:00pm Eastern
Rolex Presents:  2009 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
In 2009 the New York Yacht Club hosted the inaugural Invitational Cup. Nineteen amateur crews from 14 counties competed in a series of races in identically matched 42 foot yachts. The onboard footage of these teams in action shows amateur racing at its best.
1:00pm Eastern
Rolex Presents:   America’s Cup 12 Metre Era Retrospective
Last September, 350 sailors who competed for the America’s Cup in the 12 Metre Class between 1958 and 1987 gathered in Newport, Rhode Island. Throughout several days these champion yachtsmen remembered the greatest moments of the America’s Cup. This program features the most exciting moments of ten America’s Cup matches that took place during this era. There are interviews with winning skippers Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Ted Hood and Bill Ficker along with many of the crews. Some newly discovered rare footage will be broadcast for the first time. This program is hosted by Gary Jobson.
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