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We’ve been pushing hard for the better part of a decade for more live streaming video from the world’s biggest ocean race, and going by what Inmarsat executive and VOR junkie Chris McLaughlin has been saying, it’s almost here.  From VOR news:

If the terminals and equipment can be developed for the next race, then we could stream the latest releases to the boats, and we’ll be able to see constant streaming in the same way as you see in Formula 1 race cars.

Imagine if you will that you can not only monitor the crew and what they’re saying but also their heart rate, their health conditions, their sails, the loading of the rig, the tension, the constant speeds, the trim angles.

You will effectively be sitting on the boat with everyone else. It’s that real-time, real experience that everybody really wants.” “Imagine that you, the viewer, can command the cameras that you want to see. What if you’re only interested in the bowman, his story and his technique? What if you’re only interested in helmswoman, and the way she is driving the boat?

Good idea or bad?  Post your say here.

 

February 3rd, 2015 by admin

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Modern videography is arguably sailing’s most essential marketing tool, so we pay close attention to who’s doing it, where, and why. And in a sea of mostly mediocre video coming out of Australia, we’re paying close attention to young Aussie videographer Ben Hartnett, who put together this high-octane junior sailing video from Fremantle Sailing Club’s “Summer of Sailing.”  You can monitor Ben’s progress over on Facebook.

 

February 3rd, 2015 by admin

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Andrew “AMAC” McDougall is always a good chat, and we grabbed him at the end of the Moth Worlds to talk about his umpteenth win as Grand Master (and ignore the fact we thought he won Master as well – that honor went to the newly-turned-45 Dave Lister).  We also took the time to learn the essential bits of what is a far more interesting development – the soon-to-be-revealed Waszp.  At less than the cost of a one and a half Lasers, this fiberglass and alloy ‘foiler for the masses’ might just provide the engine for an explosion in sailing that we’ve not seen since the Hobie 16 or the Laser itself.  Reality or hype?  Listen to Amac and decide for yourself, and get psyched for next week’s “Moth Worlds: The TV Show” from Penalty Box Productions with support from Sperry.  We’re not done yet.

 

January 30th, 2015 by admin

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Stern-steerers, litigation (not ours, thankfully!), luscious Hannah, the slickest metal in the world, the boys in Orange coming on, and the boys in Bermuda flying high.  Another edition of Video Anarchy is all yours.

Magic Carpet Ride

Yacht designers and racers have been searching for some breakthrough in hull coating technology for as long as boats have raced; so much so that the  fluid-emitting system on the BMW/Oracle 90 is illegal in every other type of racing.  But what if the perfect hydrophobic hull was a single sheet of metal?  And what if you could etch metal foils so the water literally ran away from them?  We don’t know what the long term outlook would be, but we sure are interested, and we know the AC guys are, too.  Check this incredible video above, and you will be too.

All Hannah, All The Time

We were going to post an interesting kiteboarding movie here by the awesome Broken Head Film guys, but then we noticed one of their stars (and an avowed SA reader) Hannah Whiteley – had a new video up herself. And since we’re head-over-heels in love with her, we’ll feature that one.  Follow Hannah here.

Big Ben’s Bermuda Base

Is this just an easy winter vacation for a team whose backers probably all have winter mansions in Bermuda, or are Ben & Friends the most serious Cup team of all right now?   Time is the one thing that matters most for the AC, and here’s a slickly produced video showing Ben and the team getting feet wet in Bermuda with Nacra F20C foilers.  UK 1, everyone else: 0.

Orange Is The New Bronze

If you’re like us, you’re proud of Charlie and Mark and the youngest VOR team for their hard-fought podium finish in Sanya.  But if you’re like us, you didn’t pay much attention to this long, light-air leg, and you don’t understand how they got there.  Watch this video and catch up.

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Former OTUSA sailor Mattie Mitchell is taking Larry and Russell to court for being thrown headfirst under the bus during the 2013 AC’s Kingpostgate (and hung out to dry for $68K),  and now that it’s in court, all the OTUSA/ACEA/ISAF secret meetings, back room deals, and ‘confidential’ submissions are finally going to see the light of day. Mattie sat down for a 10-minute interview with NZ’s  Good Chaps the other day, and it’s definitely a good listen for anyone who likes a good AC dustup.

We’re excited for the discovery process to begin, and we think the world will get to see just what kind of folks were running the show over in San Fran and at ISAF headquarters for the past few years.  Stay tuned for more developments coming soon, and let’s all hope Mattie doesn’t settle!

Lords Of The Deuce

54 feet. 104 MPH. 6 crazy dudes.
Total Anarchy.

January 29th, 2015 by admin

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Charlie and the Anarchists aboard Dongfeng Race Team are minutes from the finish in Sanya and a momentous occasion for the most Chinese team we’ve ever seen in any major event; watch the homecoming live here with (we think) the wonderful past SCOTW Genny Tulloch MC’ing them in.  To chat about it, hit the latest page of the thread here.  And for a cool new feature the VOR doesn’t have (but should) from yet another Anarchist taking the matter into his own hands, check out “dglad’s” VOR Social Content Aggregator here.

 

January 26th, 2015 by admin

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Vestas is the blue-hued spice that gives zest to this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, and we’re rapt with attention at the rebuild saga.  At times, it’s as interesting as the race itself, especially with Brian Carlin back on the camera and edits.  Check it.

 

January 26th, 2015 by admin

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On one hand, this is the kind of thing that we’d impulsively make fun of.  On the other hand, it’s probably more informative and less alarmist than anything you’d find on The Weather Channel these days.  East coasters: Look for cool blizzard-n-boat pics over the next couple days and post ‘em here.

 

January 26th, 2015 by admin

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We thank everyone who entered our Line Honors/Moth Worlds Flexfit Cap giveaway, and your hats will be on their way next week.  And now, we’ve something just as cool – a chance to win an exclusive Volvo Ocean Race “The Boatyard” t-shirt!  We call this one “Show Us Your Boatyard,” and all you have to do is send us a picture or video of your own personal Boatyard.  Be as creative as you can, send your entry to [email protected], and the beautiful and accomplished girls of the Boatyard will choose their favorite SA Boatyards for each leg and get you a sweet bit of kit.  Watch the video for details, and game on!

 

January 20th, 2015 by admin

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The On-The-Water Anarchy/Sperry Top-Sider/Line Honors team is off to the pubs with the Moth World Champ, but not before gettin’ you the goods on the overall action.  And the action is all about Peter Burling – so motherfuckin’ ill!  Huge thanks to all of you for watching, and sit tight; we’ll have one hell of a reality show/reel in a couple of weeks.

Sander Van Der Borch’s sick-ass photos from the day are all over here.

 

January 16th, 2015 by admin

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Wanna watch the most insane sailing you might ever see?  NOW IS THE TIME, and it’s live from Australia!

One final day, 25-30 knots, and 80 of the world’s fastest dinghy sailors will put on a show for you today, and we’ve got our superstar team on the water to bring it all to you live.  Watch today and you might even win a highly sought-after Sailing Anarchy/Sperry/Line Honors/Moth Worlds Flexfit gangsa cap like the ones we rock.  And yeah, we’ve got another special guest star on the microphone today…

Please go and thank Sperry for their patronage, but only if you want more…

 

January 15th, 2015 by admin

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Repeat after me: Sailing ain’t a spectator sport.  Yet another myth, busted, thanks to Petey Crawford and the Moths on the penultimate day of racing at the Moth Worlds.  One more day to go, and the dogs are already blowing down the beach, chains in tatters.

 

January 15th, 2015 by admin

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When normally consistent summer weather turns shitty for days on end, when your Race Officer has a heart attack two weeks before the biggest event in club history, when the breeze you do get seems to always line up directly against the biggest tide of the month, and when a major international news team runs over the double world champion in a RIB, what the hell do you do?

You thank your lucky stars you have this guy running the show.  Meet retired Royal Australian Navy Commander Peter Osbourne, and listen to how an expert talks to the press when things go wrong.  Seriously – everyone in race management or event PR should watch this video, and learn.

Nice work from Petey Crawford on the two-cam shoot.

 

January 14th, 2015 by admin

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Are you ready for it? We are. Sperry Top-Sider and Sailing Anarchy bring you what you’ve been waiting for: The Gold Fleet! 3 women and 76 guys made it through, and now, the regatta really begins.   We’ll be telling you the full story live, over three races as the Finals begins.  Bouncy video and awesome commentary at the 2015 Moth Worlds.

We might even get our super special guest star to talk on the microphone; he’s holding cables at the moment…stay tuned.

 

January 11th, 2015 by admin

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You saw it all if you watched some of our 4-hour live feed yesterday from the Moth Worlds, but you didn’t see it like this.  Hear from the runaway leader and watch 7 high-intensity minutes of the single most epic dinghy racing we’ve ever seen – from the visual stylings of Petey Crawford…

 

January 11th, 2015 by admin

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20-25 knots, short chop, and if you’re gonna watch one day of Moth Worlds racing this week, this might be the day. You want carnage? We will have carnage. LIVE from Sorrento at 1230 local/2030 EST.

Titlewise, Cake gives good cover.

 

January 10th, 2015 by admin

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SA and the US Moth Force is fitting right in with the bogan mentality; we’ve all got a little bit of redneck in us.  Here’s a look at the fun and lack of sun on Day 1 of the Moth Worlds.  Petey Crawford, Sander Van Der Borch, and Sperry get the credit for this fun one.  Results over here.

 

January 10th, 2015 by admin

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There’s nothing quite like low-riding in a foiling Moth, but at least it wasn’t all like that for day one of the Moth Worlds.  Watch for yourself as Nath Outteridge throws down the gauntlet for this incredible fleet after three qualifying races.  It’s all Aussies and Kiwis in the top 4, with Luna Rossa’s Chris Draper mixing it up with the 5th place in 4-9 knots of breeze on Port Philip Bay.  Detroit’s finest sits in seventh, with one more day of qualifying ahead.

Our first On-The-Water Anarchy/Perpetual Shit Show Production coverage in quite some time was about as we expected for day 1; technical issues, low framerate, and grey backdrops didn’t subtract from the fact that we have finally been able to bring you our favorite event in sailing, live and in (mostly) HD resolution.  And we promise to keep getting better, so long as you keep watching.  Start with the player above – all four hours of it (we won’t get mad if you skip forward, we promise), with big thanks to our 14-year old Optimist-sailing first-time cameraman Charlie Hiam, everyone at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters, and of course the fun-loving folks at Sperry.

G.Love brings you some title love.

 

January 10th, 2015 by admin

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A proper sizzle reel gets you excited for just about anything, and no one does it better than Petey Crawford.  Here’s a taste of what you’re in for.

 

January 6th, 2015 by admin

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After receiving thousands of applications for the On-Board Reporter program, and with a high likelihood that at least one of the seven OBRs would be knocked out of the race for one reason or another, you’d think that VOR headquarters would have a solid list of qualified replacements – but you’d be wrong.  And when doctors diagnosed Dong Feng OBR Yann Riou’s wife with a life-threatening illness and he left the race two weeks ago, a mad scramble ensued in Alicante and Abu Dhabi to find someone to fill his brilliant shoes.

Thankfully, that lack of preparedness opened the door for a kid who we consider one of our own, and one of those talents who will help define the sport over the next decade: Longtime SA contributor Sam Greenfield was working in the video edit room for the VOR tv army – he was there, he was ready, and he was raring to go.

If you’ve read anything over the past few years here, you know we think Sam is sailing’s version of a young Warren Miller, and his work has the same potential to revolutionize the perception of a sport just as Miller did for backcountry and extreme skiing.  Despite our hearty endorsement, there was a palpable fear from quite a few VOR and team staffers; Sam is undeniably talented, but he’s never dealt with the specific pressure of on-board race coverage, with all the obstacles it brings.  We didn’t doubt him for a second, and after watching his first dispatch from the now-leading Dongfeng Race Team, we’re glad to see that, as usual, we were right.

This kid is money, as are the subjects in his first video – Kevin Escoffier and the hazards of fishing nets. Clicky the video above, and keep your eyes on the Leg 3 thread for upcoming interviews we did with all 6 OBRs just hours before the start, as well as everything else you need to know about the VOR.

 

January 4th, 2015 by admin

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Clean Report

After trailing into the UAE, and trailing in the practice and In-Port Races, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team finally did exactly what the big-spending Emirati sponsors wanted most: They turned a brilliant first beat move into a massive lead at the sendoff buoy as Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race began.  Relive it above,  chat about it in the Leg 3 thread, and revisit the Stopover Thread for all the interviews and pics from Abu Dhabi. And get to the Vestas thread for a great press conference that should answer all your questions about the return of the Blue Boat.

Head over to Facebook in a few minutes where you can check out my morning Dock Walk, and thanks to all of you for tuning in.

MORE LIVE ACTION NEXT WEEK

If you’re a fan of live sailboat racing, now’s the time to start pumping yourself up for our world-beating coverage of next week’s Moth Worlds, an On-The-Water Anarchy/Perpetual Shit Show Production.  Remember when we used to bring you our own brand of irreverant and fun live video, high-quality photos, daily writeups, highlight reels, wet t-shirt contests, and so on? Well, we’re back, and this time, we’ve got the full all-star OTW Crew to go along with the most star-studded fleet in the history of the Moth Class.  Petey Crawford on the HD reels, Sander Van Der Borch on the HQ photography, Ronnie Simpson on writing and live feed production, Nic Douglass and yours truly on the microphone, a pregnant Mer working the social angles from back home, and an army of local enthusiasts helping us get ‘er done.  All brought to you thanks entirely to a sponsor who may surprise all of you.

Don’t expect to get a lot of work done from the 10th to the 16th.  You’ll find it all right here on the front page.

 

January 3rd, 2015 by admin

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