BBC Cup coverage

Follow the Cup on BBC2 Grandstand Radio 5 live and BBCi

Friday September 20th 2002, Author: Daniel Asante, Location: United Kingdom
BBC Television presenter, Peter Snow and Olympic sailing gold medallists, Ben Ainslie and Shirley Robertson will present the BBC's coverage of the America's Cup this Autumn.

A weekly magazine programme will start on 3 October on BBC TWO and will continue every Thursday night from 23:20-00:00 until the end of the quarter finals on November 28th. Racing highlights can also be seen every weekend on Grandstand (BBC ONE) and Sunday Grandstand (BBC TWO). The BBC will also provide coverage of the Louis Vuitton semi-finals in December and the America's Cup in the new year.

The America's Cup programmes will include expert analysis from some of the world's most famous sailors, while Peter Snow will explain the science behind producing a winning America's Cup team using virtual racing technology, a GBR Challenge on-board camera and working models in the studio. Ellen MacArthur will explain how America's Cup sailing, considered to be the Formula One of the sea, differs from normal sailing.

BBCi will also follow the races, as well as producing regular webcasts with key members of the British team. There will also be analysis, maps, photos, interaction and games - enabling sailing fans to keep up to date with all the action. Radio Five Live listeners will be able to follow the action live with extensive coverage from the Up All Night team.

Peter Snow said: "I'm a keen sailor and to work on the coverage of the world's greatest sailing competition alongside the likes of Ben and Shirley will be a hugely rewarding experience."

Andrew Thompson, BBC Sport's Head of New Media, Sports News and Development said: "We have brought together a fantastic team to head our coverage of the America's Cup. The infectious enthusiasm of Peter Snow, together with the world-class expertise of Ben Ainslie and Shirley Robertson will bring to life the excitement of one of the world's great sporting events."

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