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As the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race races towards its epic conclusion today, The Boatfeed is back with Episode 8 as Matt Knighton and Mr. Clean break down all the content from an incredible, ridiculous, unforgettable Wales to Sweden leg.

Here’s your analysis of all the amazing media coming from the OBR’s including:

👉Epic scenics off the coast of Ireland from team AkzoNobel
👉Looking at 9 months of emotion onboard Desafío MAPFRE
👉Most “realistic” VOR video ever? Team Brunel
👉Raw offshore audio onboard Dongfeng Race Team – 东风队
👉Best video of the leg? The overtaking of Mapfre by Brunel?

Relive the entire 2017-18 race through the eyes of The Boatfeed in the entire season playlist on Youtube here and stay tuned for the final episode after the winner-take-all last leg of the Race!  Anarchists in Chicagoland looking to join the live audience for the last Boatfeed taping: Hit up Clean or Matt on Facebook.

 

June 21st, 2018 by admin

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An incredible THREE TEAMS ARE TIED FOR THE LEAD going into the final leg of the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, with the battle for DFL almost as interesting.  Watch the start from Gothenburg for the final leg and the closest finish in the history of the Volvo/Whitbread and stay tuned for another Boatfeed episode coming today.

June 21st, 2018 by admin

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Ever wonder why the French – and especially the Bretons – are simply better than the rest of the world at offshore sailing?

Meet Les Glenans, which is an incredibly gorgeous archipelago a few miles south of Open 60 central at Port La Foret, but that’s not all: It’s also the site of the world’s most influential sailing school.  Founded by WW2 resistance fighters 70 years ago  and training up to 14,000 sailing students every year, French sailing would be a shadow of the massive sport it has become without Philippe and Hélène Viannay’s school.

Meanwhile, this video shows naval architect and longtime MACIF team member Charlie Dalin busy scoping out some training spots for his upcoming Vendee campaign.  He’s one of  around 6 new IMOCA builds that start laying down carbon over the next few weeks.  And yes, it will be a foiler!

Nice work on the edit from Martin Viezzer & Ronan Gladu.  Could have gone with a better soundtrack, though

 

May 22nd, 2018 by admin

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Mauro and the folks at Zerogradinord put together a sweet music video from another edition of Charleston Race Week, which had its first year of growth since 2014.  Look for some refreshing new moves to America’s biggest regatta in 2019…

 

April 23rd, 2018 by admin

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Matt and Clean are at it again, this time taking on Fish’s memorial, Southern Ocean droning, Nick Dana mostly naked, and much much more in Episode 6 of the Boatfeed!  Subscribe to the show on Youtube or join the conversation on Facebook.

Title shout to something about this ’05 Belly song that just seems apropos.

April 23rd, 2018 by admin

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Our coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race is presented by Musto, Official Outfitter of the 2018 VOR.

With the fleet headed North, the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race finally feels like it’s on the home stretch, and we’re all hoping for no more horrible tragedies as the final few legs unfold.  Watch above for the live VOR start from Itajai.

Another VOR-peripheral figure died over the weekend; anyone whose day was made better when Team SCA sang “Wake Me Up” with the world’s most famous DJ might spare a moment to remember the troubled 28 year old superstar Avicii.  He died on the 20th in Oman.

 

April 22nd, 2018 by admin

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UFO dinghy creator Dave Clark puts the boat through her paces while training for the little foiler’s first run at the Charleston Fort 2 Battery Race this Saturday.  Clark will be on site starting today – if you want a test drive on a UFO on her short Southern road trip, give them a shout pronto.  If you just want to race against ’em with your quick ride, register for the race.

But if you just want to see the UFO in her first-ever live appearance, you’ll either need to show up at James Island Yacht Club from Friday on, or just watch Sailing Anarchy’s Facebook page.  This Saturday, Mr. Clean will be returning to his social media desk – for one day only – to commentate on the event he helped to launch with foiling firecracker Tim Fitzgerald – who is now training to learn to fly jets for the US Air Force.  Foiling just wasn’t fast enough?

With a race record that’s something like 6 minutes long, this is the fastest sailing race in the world.  Don’t blink.

 

April 19th, 2018 by admin

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There’s half the globe ahead though the big Southern Ocean leg seems like the last big challenge for the 2017-18 VOR course.  Live Leg 7 Start with Greeny and Sally thanks to VOR Facebook.

March 17th, 2018 by admin

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Pro racer and team boss Chad Corning checked in after the ubiquitous Gunboat 62 Elvis made her Caribbean 600 debut this week.  Check the video following the story for the Race Wrap reel from a brutal C600 that knocked out more than half of the entrants, and props to Mojo Nixon for the song that kept Elvis famous long after he stopped deserving it.
We’d heard good things about it: A fast race with lots of reaching, great scenery, and solid winds in a warm climate. Sounds perfect, right? Team Elvis was excited to finally take a crack at the RORC’s Caribbean 600 this year.
Alarm bells started ringing about a week before.  Long term forecasts showing colors from the angry red side of the palette with a sea state to match.  If anything, the forecasts were low and the race became a heavy-air war of attrition.
We had a few good days of training where we worked on perfecting reef-in,reef-out, tried different heavy-air sail combos and broke all sorts of bits.  When race day dawned, we felt reasonably well-prepared, and after some final comparisons of routing times with our neighbors (a favorite activity leading up to the race) and some gallows humor-style jokes, we pushed off for the start.
Conditions were as they would be for much of the race, 22-30 knots TWS, 3+ meter waves, with a nice squall mid-sequence to get everyone in the mood.  Leg 1 is a short 8 mile beat up to the eastern end of Antigua, with spectacular visuals sailing through the fleet here, with the feisty sea state and the hills of Antigua creating a dramatic backdrop.  Once around the east end, the first of many power reaching sections began, with a 35 mile slide down to the Barbuda mark.  Elvis may have loved it but it was quite hard on the guys, especially those trimming in the forward cockpit.  Firehose spray and frequent filling of “the bath” to mid-shin made the forward trimming a character-building experience.  Since we put tillers on the boat the helmsman took it on the chin quite a bit as well.  I’d always thought those helmets with visors the Volvo guys wore looked like maybe a bit much, but all of a sudden, I got it.   My preferred position?  Mainsheet and traveler under the roof, cozy and dry(ish!).
Once around the Barbuda mark, we put the A6 on and began the 50 mile VMG run down to Nevis.  We were in company with Warrior and Proteus while Rambler 88 and the [ORMA with fridges -ed] Paradox were busy sailing over the horizon.  Proteus seemed to be exploding spinnakers as fast as she could put them up, and Warrior was on a hard luffed sail so we were able to slide by both by sailing lower with our soft-luffed A6.  As we congratulated ourselves on a great leg we found the A6 lock had failed causing us to run off and to get it down thus losing all our gains!
Once sorted out, it was back to more power reaching for 50 miles to the next mark at Saba.  We slid into the lee of the island and had a chance for a short breather after a very wet leg.  The respite would not last long as Saba brewed up some huge katabatic gusts and rolled them downhill at us like a giant in a Sinbad film.  A couple of lifting gusts pegged the dial over 40 knots so we were on high alert, especially after facing very similar conditions resulting in a near-capsize at Les Voiles a couple of years back.  Armed with the PTSD from that brown-trousers moment, we were most definitely on our toes.  It was with relief that we got through to more stable winds on the other side as we began the 30NM-beat to St. Barths.
As we were pounding away upwind, navigator Artie Means noticed a PLB light up by Saba.  We thought it may have been Proteus who looked to have abandoned the race just then but tragically it turned out to be our good friends on Fujin, who had probably been caught by one of the big katabatic gusts in the lee of Saba and had capsized.  Brad Baker’s excellent account of the incident is here, and we give our kudos to the very professional crew on the all-black Ker 56 Varuna and the team on the Gunboat 60 Flow who both stood by until the team was safe and the boat was headed to harbor.
All the way to Saba we had been looking at Fujin on AIS and pushing the boat at near 100% of polars to try and stay ahead.  It was a very sobering moment to realize just how wrong things can go and we were happy to lift off the gas pedal a bit and keep things in one piece for the rest of the race.  We’ve really enjoyed the rivalry with Greg and the Fujin team over the years, and wish them well in getting the boat back online.

Once around St. Barth’s, there are a couple of zig zags around St. Maarten and Tintamarre before the long, 150-mile blast reach down to Guadeloupe.  This is the leg we were licking our chops for but fatigue had begun to set in and the firehose reaching had become less then fun, especially for those helming and up front.  Though a tad unpleasant it went by quickly and we found our way to the next big hurdle of the course, getting through the massive lee of Guadeloupe.  There were as many opinions as people on the dock on how to get through here but we seemed to get off easy – coasting through the light patch about a mile offshore with just enough time to make a pot of coffee and heat up the lasagna (finally).  The beat up to Desirade was less than pleasant with a large left shift making port tack head right into the big seas, which our boat (heavy with a lot of rocker) did not particularly enjoy.  More power reaching past Antigua (unusual amount of “let’s take a left here” jokes) to the Barbuda mark was next, followed by a couple hours of VMG running before the final 33-mile beat into the finish.

Elvis crossed the line behind Paradox (line honors), Rambler 88 (mono line honors) and the turbo Volvo 70 Warrior (ex-Camper) finishing after dawn on Wednesday, with an elapsed time of around 43 hours.  Jason has had the vision to turn Elvis into a magnificent machine and she took all that we threw at her in the race with ease.  Just the halyard lock and one winch button as far as gear failure goes, otherwise the boat was flawless in a race that destroyed containers-full of equipment among the fleet.  It was a rough race and hats most definitely go off to the boys on the Seacart 30 Morticia who got it around the course as well as all the smaller boats who couldn’t have had an easy time of it.  It was a race that was rewarding to finish and, with the short memory that most offshore racers are blessed with, most will be back for another go around one of the world’s best racetracks.

March 1st, 2018 by admin

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Our 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race coverage is presented by Musto, Official Apparel Provider of the Volvo Ocean Race.

In this special ‘halfway point’ episode of The Boatfeed, Clean and Matt Knighton get deep into the latest action at the VOR.  They’re giving the OBR’s their due, and taking a look at their favorite videos and media from the last couple of legs and much more!  In this episode:

*BREAKING NEWS about the most likely boat for the next Volvo Ocean Race

*Dial-an-OBR with drone ace Sam Greenfield

*Vestas 11th Hour Racing incident from Team AkzoNobel point of view, including media protocols for major issues

*Scallywag MOB analysis and discussion

*And our usual picks of the leg!

 

 

February 24th, 2018 by admin

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