Congrats to our friend Tucker Thompson (Annapolis, USA) who has been involved with BMW ORACLE Racing (and ORACLE BMW before that) as a VIP commentator. Here's the news excerpted in Scuttlebutt (North America)
this morning from an article in Tucker's hometown paper:
MAKING THE SHOW
(Annapolis, MD) The recent America’s Cup racing marked a major breakthrough in Tucker Thompson's budding career as a television commentator for the sport of sailing. Thompson, an Annapolis resident, narrated four shows about Louis Vuitton Act 12 that appeared on the Outdoor Life Network. He performed well enough in that role to earn a spot on the broadcast team for the OLN's coverage of the actual America's Cup next summer off Valencia, Spain.
Thompson has done work for OLN before, but never such a high-profile event. He previously narrated 10 shows about the Swedish Match Tour for the network. Thompson is accustomed to doing on-water commentary of live racing for T2P Productions, the company he co-owns along with fellow Annapolitan Bruce Nairn. The pair have taped nearly 300 regatta shows for viewing on t2p.tv. "This latest opportunity with OLN is just an extension of what Bruce and I have been doing for six years," Thompson said. "It solidifies that all the work we have done has been worth it and we are headed in the right direction."
Outdoor Life Network recently bought the rights to broadcast both the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup. Al Trautwig will serve as lead announcer with Thompson and Andy Green of Great Britain providing color commentary. - by Bill Wagner, The Capital.
More good news -- this month OLN is airing a fair bit of AC coverage, highlights of the recent Acts 10-12. Click here
for the schedule and to sign up for email notification of OLN AC programming. By the way, we checked with Andy Green today and he says that the report (above) of his signing with OLN is premature.
Tucker interviewing Derby Anderson, a
crack collegiate sailor who happened to
intern with our BMWOR marketing dept.
during Act 12. Photo courtesy of The
Coincidentally, there is a Kiwi tall ship named the R. Tucker Thompson.
An auspicious sign for BMWOR & TT on OLN?