2012-05-17 / News

America’s Cup tech director comes to IYRS

Stan Honey, the director of technology for the America’s Cup, will make a special appearance at the International Yacht Restoration School on Tuesday, May 22, to talk about the technology behind the America’s Cup, such as television graphics, race operations and umpiring.

Honey is a two-time Emmy winner and a major figure in technological innovation in sports television. He is also a world-class competitor and a winning Volvo Ocean Race navigator, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, and navigator onboard the Jules Verne Trophy offshore record-setter Groupama 3.

In the past, America’s Cup broadcasts have only featured graphics visible in an animated view of the race. For the 34th Cup, Honey has developed a system to track the Cup catamarans and superimpose graphics on live helicopter footage to attract a new generation of fans and engage experienced sailors. Honey will explain how these groundbreaking innovations will allow the America’s Cup to be experienced in a way it has never been before.

Doors open at 7 p.m., lecture begins at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information, call Tricia Yeoman at 619-0258.

Also, on Saturday, June 2, IYRS students will take part in the school’s unique graduation rite at the school docks. Students will launch and showcase the boats they spent the past year building and restoring. The ceremony beings at 10 a.m. at the restoration hall.

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