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Inside The America's Cup

Three Yalies give us the insider's view.


Please join the Yale Club of San Francisco and Yale Blue Green for an exceptional insider's look at the America's Cup, which launched on July 4th here in the Bay Area.

We'll hear from three Yalies, each with a unique perspective on the event. Jill Savery (FES '06) is the Head of Sustainability for the America's Cup Event Authority. Stan Honey (TD '78) is Director of Technology for the America's Cup Event Authority. Graham Landy (DC '15) is a current student and tactician for the US Red Bull Youth America's Cup boats. With insight on the history of the event, the Emmy Award winning technology created to view the event, the event’s sustainability goals, and the athletics of the race from a sailor's perspective, this presentation will illuminate the event in all its complexity and splendor.

Not only will the presentation be a visual tour de force, it will be both professionally and personally inspiring. All three presenters are athletes, with two alums who have combined their athletic and intellectual prowess into cutting edge careers and one student whose future looks exceedingly bright.

We look forward to an invigorating evening!

The event is sold out.

Tickets: $20
Date: Wednesday, July 10th from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Private loft 3 blocks from Civic Center BART (address provided to ticket purchasers prior to event)
6:00-6:30 – Drinks and snacks
6:30-7:30 – Presentation
7:30-7:50 – Q & A
7:50-8:30 – Reception

Yale Blue Green
Yale Blue Green (YBG) is a community comprised of Yale alumni, students, faculty, staff and affiliates engaged in “green” topics and issues. Our mission is to support the University in its sustainability efforts and to serve as a hub for thought leadership, collaborative action, lifelong learning and inspiration on initiatives relating to the environment and sustainability.

Jill Savery (FES '06), Head of Sustainability, America's Cup Event Authority
Jill Savery is the Head of Sustainability for the America's Cup Event Authority, and is responsible for developing and implementing the event Sustainability Plan. Prior to this role, Jill led the London 2012 work program of the London-based sustainability charity BioRegional Development Group from 2008–2011. She served as a Co-opted Expert to the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, a first of its kind entity tasked with providing assurance to the Olympic Board and the public on how the organizations delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and legacy were meeting their sustainability commitments. Her book Sustainability and Sport, co-edited with Dr. Keith Gilbert, provides a first hand view of this growing field.

Jill earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996, Jill earned an Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming, and was later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Stan Honey (TD '78), Director of Technology, America's Cup Event Authority
Bay Area resident Stan Honey (USA), a three-time Emmy Winner for Technical Innovations in Sports TV Broadcast, the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for 2010, member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and inventor on 29 patents, is Director of Technology for the 34th America's Cup by the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

Honey has led the team which developed a system to track the America's Cup catamarans to within 2cm, 5 times per second, and superimpose graphics elements such as ahead-behind lines and laylines on the live helicopter footage of the race. Previously America's Cup broadcasts have only featured graphics visible in an animated view of the race. The new graphics package is designed to help viewers follow the intense action of the AC45s and AC72s as they scream around the race course, all in live action.

A major figure in technological innovation in sports television, Honey co-founded Sportvision in 1998, where he led the development of the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football, the ESPN “K-Zone” baseball pitch tracking and highlighting system, and the Race/FX tracking and highlighting system used in NASCAR. Honey also is recognized as one of the most successful professional navigators in sailing, having navigated ABN AMRO to victory in the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race and having navigated Groupama 3 in setting the Jules Verne record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world under sail in 2010. Honey was awarded the 2010 US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year Award, one of the highest individual honors in sailing in the U.S., and was named to the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2012.

Prior to co-founding Sportvision in 1998, Stan Honey worked as Executive VP Technology for News Corporation from 1993 through 1998. Honey co-founded Etak Inc., the company that pioneered vehicle navigation systems, in 1983, which was sold to News Corporation in 1989 and is now part of TomTom. Honey is also an inventor on 8 patents in navigation technology and 21 patents in tracking and television special effects.

Graham Landy (DC '15), Skipper, Red Bull Youth America's Cup
A rising junior at Yale University, Graham has found success in college sailing; as a freshman, he won B division at the 2012 ICSA Coed National Championship. As a sophomore, Graham helped the Bulldogs to their first ever ICSA Team Race National Championship victory. He has been named an ICSA All-American Skipper two times.

In November of 2012, Graham and his teammates on USA 45 Racing competed in a selection trial with Oracle Team USA for a berth into the first ever Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The team earned the opportunity to represent the United States in the event. Graham moved to the Bay Area in early June and he and his teammates have been training and fundraising to ensure a successful challenge for the Youth America's Cup.

Off the water, he has pursued a range of interests over the years. A varsity wrestler in high school, Graham has always enjoyed physical activities. He is an avid runner and has spent a large amount of time hiking in the wilderness of Colorado and Utah. Some of Graham's hobbies include playing golf, cooking, and fishing. He enjoys the rigorous academic environment at Yale and plans to major in history.

The event is sold out.

Questions? Contact Renee Kaufman (reneekaufman [at] gmail.com).


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