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It’s the Auckland Stopover’s job to entice people to come down to the Race Village but it’s Vince Gooding’s job to keep them there.

 

Until 18 March, when the fleet start the next Leg to Brazil, the Race Village will be pumping with live entertainment and a variety of activities for the entire family. A dedicated closed television network will bring all the events to all parts of the Race Village, all day long, for the duration of the Auckland Stopover.

 

As producer of Village Programming, Gooding and his technical team have assembled an extensive video display network throughout the Race Village that will bring complete coverage of the Auckland Stopover as well as other entertainment and events taking place during the eleven-day event. In addition to a huge screen to the side of the PUMA main stage on Te Wero Island and elevated big screens placed at each end of the Race Village, more than 50 flat screen televisions have been placed in the Latitude Lounge, the Media Centre and various venues throughout the Viaduct Basin.

 

Between broadcasts of the live performances on the PUMA stage, visitors to the Village will be able to view live video streaming direct from the Volvo Open 70 boats, coverage of the In-Port and Pro-Am Races and other local activities, team introductions, crew interviews, sponsors’ messages and clips covering significant events from past Legs of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. Race fans will be able to watch the crew battling it out on their way to Auckland while enjoying a meal or drink from the comfort of one of the many venues set up for the event.

 

“The broadcasts will also be an important source of information for the large media contingent who are in Auckland to cover the event,” says Gooding, who has more than twenty years’ experience in sports presentation. “The media will be able to tune in and gather information to relay to news sources all over the world.”

 

Gooding’s technical crew have put in approximately 250 man hours laying an estimated 4-5 kilometres of 8-gauge fibre optic cable which is used to connect the complex network of video screens to the presentation control centre. In order to connect the screens on Te Wero Island to the Media Centre in the Viaduct Events Centre, a team of SCUBA divers spent three hours laying cable on the sea bed across the channel under the footbridge.

 

Whether you are fan of yacht racing, enjoy live entertainment or you just want to come down and feel the buzz, the Auckland Stopover promises to be an exciting time in the Viaduct. Wherever you choose to hang out in the Race Village, rain or shine, Vince Gooding’s Village programming will ensure that everyone will be close to the action.

 

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