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“And I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down.”
For a day, maybe, but starting tomorrow the 35th America's Cup will launch in earnest and we at The Royal Gazette promise to bring you every breathtaking minute.
From the best writers that the RG dollar can buy to crack photographers, a buzzing social-media outfit and the finest design team this side of the Causeway, we aim to keep the Bermuda public, and those farther afield, engaged and up to date with the “greatest race on water” for what is expected to be the most pulsating six weeks of local sport in our history.
The coverage will be led Colin Thompson, Chief Sailing Correspondent, who first brought the island the news in December 2014 that Bermuda had won the right to host the world's oldest sporting competition. Thompson, who will concentrate his focus on Oracle Team USA, SoftBank Team Japan and Emirates Team New Zealand, will be aided and abetted by two recruits from overseas.
Talbot Wilson, who is no stranger to these parts given his long affiliation with the Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races, has been serving as America's Cup Correspondent since March and will provide all the analysis that is to be expected of a gnarly veteran of the briny.
The third writer is Ron Lewis, fresh from London where he works for The Times, the finest sports newspaper in Britain. Lewis, who will be America's Cup Writer while here, serves as The Times's athletics correspondent and boxing correspondent, and is covering his second America's Cup.
He will concentrate on the three European teams — Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France. Naturally.
And for the pièce de résistance, we lend more than a touch of gold dust to proceedings with the exclusive signing of Sir Russell Coutts. The most famous name in the history of the America's Cup will appear in our special four-page America's Cup sections as a weekly columnist, starting tomorrow. His ghost writer will be Stephen Wright, our lead sportswriter and a veteran of two Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, our News team will be on the spot in the America's Cup Village, providing colour from the many events that will take place when the cats get put away,
With the Sport section getting an overhaul for six weeks, so too will our website. Starting today, www.royalgazette.com/AC35 will be the place to go online for our readers to keep up to date with happenings on the Great Sound.
Headlined by a daily recap video interview with our writers, with Rachel Sawden and friends appearing on Thursdays, the interactive table will be updated as and when racing sessions are complete. Those of a nostalgic bent can scroll down to feast on a series of America's Cup stories from yesteryear, while the today crew can busy themselves with the social-media channel.
So there you have it. We have pulled out all the stops to bring you the coverage Bermuda deserves. We hope you enjoy it.