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Posts Tagged ‘brunel’

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Bouwe Bekking is the most experienced VOR skipper in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, and if you’re fit, strong, under 30, and will do whatever it takes, you might just be able to learn from the Jedi master himself as the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race gets going in just a few months.

The positive side of Brunel’s ultra-late entry into the race is the amount the save on crew and staff expenses.  The negative side is they now have just a month or two to get their crew selected, trained, and fully up to speed.  So if you fancy yourself an ocean racer, get your sailing CV together and submit it online TODAY.  Sailor chicks too!

 

July 4th, 2017 by admin

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Charlie and Mark’s Team Alvimedica have a nice buffer for the Hague restart to the final leg of the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, which means the live coverage is unlikely to be all that interesting, especially if the VOR production team continues to rely on piss-poor phone-call-level sound and the thick Norwegian accent of Knut Frostad (what’s up with that?). But Mark Covell’s back on the microphone and the atmosphere on the ground is electric, with spectators coming out in massive numbers to support Brunel and Bouwe and the kind of racing that fits the steel-headed Dutch mentality to a T.

Mr. Clean got some local flavor during a quick check-in with the Lemster aak (bilge-board racing barges) fleet just before the VO 65s got in the other day, a prelude to hours of Sailing Anarchy live and video coverage from he and Petey Crawford over the next week from Sweden, including a full hour of live chat with ADOR’s Ian Walker and Jamie Boag, the guys behind three long campaigns that finally resulted in the long-cherished VOR win.  In the meantime, enjoy Genny and friends from the studio and the water.

INJURY UPDATE: The French site 20 Minutes writes that the woman injured in the horrific accident between a VOR Lorient marshal RIB and the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 has indeed had her leg amputated.  She lost a tremendous amount of blood, but thanks to emergency services, is apparently stable.  The Spindrift team have suspended training and pulled out of the GC32 Cowes Cup ‘out of respect for the victim and those close to her’.   It brings the GC32 Cowes fleet back down to 5, marking yet another bit of bad luck for a Class that just can’t seem to escape it – though they are being considered as one option for the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series fleet, so there’s that.

 

June 20th, 2015 by admin

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Clean Report

It was nearly ten years ago when I did my first on-assignment interview for Sailing Anarchy; an interview with then-skipper of Movistar, Bouwe Bekking.  Three weeks later, Movistar sank, but Bouwe is brave and I’m going aboard Brunel with him today for the practice race, but not before posting this interview with the Dutch ocean racer.  Check out this link for ten minutes with another bald icon, Ian Walker, and be sure to hit the Leg 2  thread with any questions you have for me.

And be sure to watch the In-Port Race tomorrow starting at 1350 local time/1150 GMT/0650 EST.

 

November 14th, 2014 by admin

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