Posts Tagged ‘cmrc’
We opened our Youtube digest this morning and saw this video pop up, and it took our breath away. Not because it’s great – though it is – but because it’s the sailing media’s version of a unicorn: An AC promo that doesn’t suck! When we did some digging, we found out why: Rather than the budget-cut shit from the AC media folks that occasionally floats across a Facebook timeline, this one comes from Don Wilson and his CMRC team, and they tapped the talents of the overall 2015 Volvo Ocean Race OBR winner Matt Knighton to produce it.
It’s a sign that Chicago won’t let the incompetence of the ACEA get in the way of what we predict will be the shining gem in the otherwise snoozy and unfollowed ACWS; the 2016 qualifiers in Chicago. Wilson doesn’t fuck around, and neither does his crew – now they just need to pray for a big June wind.
When the ACWS inevitably disappears, we’re glad to know that Chicago has seen the sowing of the seeds of its high-performance cat fleet…just don’t let Chris drive.
- Tags: ACWS, amercia's cup, Chicago, chris poole, cmrc, don wilson, M32, Matt Knighton, Taylor Canfield
October 8th, 2015 by admin
Monday sucks. And Tuesday is only slightly less sucky. These videos might be the cure. Today weve got high performance boats, low performance boats, crashes, flooking around, and kids – lots and lots of kids. Welcome to Video Anarchy.
A little production value can do wonders to transform some basic GoPro video into something quite beautiful, as the boys and girls from Froeter Design showcase in this video of the Chicago Mackinac aboard the Beneteau Chief.
You’ve seen the scores of young Anarchists (and these kids have been SA junkies since about kindergarden) Ian and Nicolas representin’ enroute to their US Youth Nationals. Here’s the movie. Turn down the music unless you’re nostalgic for your dentists’ soundtrack…and here’s an audio interview with the nippers.
Swedish Bikini Team
The ‘new age’ of video storytelling has slowly crept into the top end of sailing, with producers (and those who pay them) finally understanding what we’ve been screaming about for years: You have to put the audience right there in the trenches with the subject or you’re just wasting your time. We’ve seen plenty of nasty pictures come out of the Brazil test event, but for many Olympic hopefuls – those without the runs, at least – it was an amazing adventure in one of the world’s most exciting countries. Above is a look at the beauty and skill of the Swedish team, and no dirty water. Thanks to Swedish mothy Magnus Gravare for the heads up.
Joie De Vivre
Another essential aspect of video storytelling is about charisma; the camera loves those who have it. Example? This excellent Team GBR/Volvo Cars-sponsored Rio Test video from our old friends Richard Langdon nd Rachel Jesperson, focusing on always-smiling and ultra-charismatic silver medallist Luke Patience. Also starring in this one are his excellent Aberdeen accent and a couple of Nacra 17 sailors. Have a look at two more charismatic intros from the same team over here.
Brilliant, stupid, or a hoax? You decide.
- Tags: America's Cup, anchor, Chicago, cmrc, gear anarchy, mackinac, Match Racing, Neptune Racing, Olympics, video anarchy
August 26th, 2014 by admin
They’re young and full of piss, vinegar, and anarchy, and with yesterday’s release of the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings, they’re now NUMBER ONE!
Yes, folks – with their win at the Chicago Cup, our friends on Taylor Canfield’s USOne match racing team have just leapt over Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team – the perennial kings of the WMRT – for the world’s top-ranked spot in the sport. Team media man Matt Knighton gives us a beautiful look at their success through his eyes, some excellent music, and the words of bowman Hayden Goodrich. Want more? Hit ‘em up on Facebook. No Facebook? Hop on your dial-up AOL connection and check their site.
August 29th, 2013 by admin
It’s a battle of the 20-somethings as Chicago/USVI’s Taylor Canfield takes on Keith Swinton and his Western Aussie boys for the Chicago Match Cup. Clean and OTWA alum Nate Hollerbach are on the microphones along with actual professionals, for a change. And they ain’t bad. Check it from 1 PM Chicago time. And thanks to one of hardcore’s original gangster bands for the inspiration.
August 11th, 2013 by admin
Taylor Canfield clearly has it in this Meredith Block photo even though his US-One team already went down 1-0 to Keith Swinton’s Black Swan Racing. Will the young phenom be able to come back and take his home regatta win this afternoon against the equally young Western Aussie? You’ll have to watch right here starting at 1 AM; in the meantime, check out the event gallery for more great work from Mer, Walter Cooper, and Brian Carlin.
August 11th, 2013 by admin
Got a few minutes to screw around on your computer or phone today? Tune in to the Chicago Match Cup quarterfinals live and see how Clean does with a real TV team to back him up. The repechage will finish up by around 11, with quarterfinals beginning shortly before noon. Tight racing, beautiful conditions, ultra-short courses, tens of thousands of fans, and young, knowledgable commentators; what more could you ask for? Be sure to download the Livestream app if you’re not at your computer. Results thus far are here; yesterday’s highlight reel is here. Check out the WMRT TV’s channel for a collection of video clips from the event so far.
August 10th, 2013 by admin
By the end of today, four teams go home. Let’s find out who for Day 3 of the Chicago Match Cup.
August 9th, 2013 by admin
Gavin Brady served up the ultimate smackdown to Adam Minoprio in the qualification rounds of the Chicago Match Cup yesterday; Brady forced Mino to hook the committee boat and the young Kiwi quickly took Luigi Reggio on a nice harbor cruise. Good catch from the WMRT TV folks, and see above for today’s live racing. Lots of Facebook action or just watch the live stream above. Thursday’s highlights are here.
August 8th, 2013 by admin
With the competitiveness of San Francisco’s AC matches a resounding joke for the moment (and possibly for the rest of the summer), it’s good to know there will be some extremely close and exciting match racing in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of spectators in a U.S. venue in just a week and change. We are of course talking about the Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup, the only World Match Race Tour event in North America. It all happens at the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier in conjunction with the massively attended Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge, and OA Chicago Match Race Center’s sexy and sport Tom 28s should not only provide great fun for fans of sailing, but for the random landlubbers as well.
Beginning on the 7th of August we’ll have the live TV for you right here on the front page (with some possible surprise announcers), but we also have a special treat for our Anarchists right NOW: Tons of CMRC, WMRT, and Line Honors swag to give away over the next week as we countdown the days til the start of what may end up as the most exciting match racing in the US this summer!
Our friends at Chicago Match Race Center are giving away:
-Tickets to the Windy City Lounge,
-Chicago Match Cup t-shirts,
-World Match Racing Tour hats and t’s,
-Line Honors hats, belts, and dopp kits,
-CMRC Swag Bags
Winning is as easy as ‘liking’ the CMRC Facebook Page and checking in each morning after 10 AM CST starting tomorrow (this Tuesday) for the “Countdown To The Cup Question Of The Day”. CMRC staff will post a caption contest, trivia, or some other entertaining question about the Chicago Match Cup, and they will pick the winners from the best answers the following morning. With a week to go, there’s dozens of prizes ready to ship; get over to their page now and start clicking.
July 29th, 2013 by admin
How can anyone not admire the fuck out of Peter Gilmour? When the Western Aussie ‘yoda’ of match racing retired last year, he had five Cup campaigns to his credit, an AC win with Alinghi, back-to-back World Match Race titles and dozens of event victories, and had helped spread sailing and match racing to entirely new parts of the globe. Even more impressive than his resumé is the job he did as a father: We got a chance to meet 19 year-old Sam Gilmour at last month’s Grade 2 at the CMRC, and the kid is smart, well-spoken, respectful, and mature beyond his years. He’s also a fierce competitor, and may be the only person in the world (along with younger brothers David and Lachy) who can claim membership to the Match Racing Lucky Sperm Club; proud dad Peter spends much of his time drilling and coaching Sam and his team, and unsurprisingly, it works. Here’s Sam’s report from the event along with pics he pulled from the big event gallery, and you can check out a video the groms put together here.
With a current ISAF ranking of 75 things are beginning to come together for our Neptune Racing Team – that’s me, Sam Gilmour (19), along with crew members Adam Negri (19) and Christopher Smith (20). We’ve just completed in our first Grade 2 event, at the CMRC in Chicago, and have taken a huge amount from it.
The Chicago Match Cup Qualifier was the first stop of our summer tour of America. The team was a little unsure of how they would stack up against the competition, with a number of high ranked teams making appearances at the event, and a chance of sailing in the Chicago Match Cup in August (an event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour).
We are amazed at the level of organisation of sailing in US events, and it seemed that CMRC was just as keen as anywhere else to show this off, using their ‘portable’ yacht club that was taken out on the water to watch racing each day. The ‘windy city’ lived up to its name, and we experienced 3 awesome days of racing in 15-25 knots.
We managed to come out of the qualifying round robin placing third, giving the guys some confidence going forward in the breezy, wavy conditions. It also allowed us to skip through the repechage round which was sailed in an afternoon where the organisers decided it was too windy to use spinnakers- gaining some much needed rest for the final day.
In similarly blowy conditions, the finals commenced on the third and final day of the regatta. We picked local team Val Smith in the quarterfinal, and were able to dispatch them 2-0 to progress into the semi-final. ISAF 6th ranked Will Tiller picked us to sail in the next round. After leading both races, Tiller managed to sail around us. We learnt some interesting points in these races, and definitely know what we need go away to work on. We then went down 2-1 in a close petite final to Nathan Hollerbach, to ultimately place 4th overall, a result that reached our ‘top 4’ goal for the event. Local sailor Don Wilson went on to win the event 3-1 over Will Tiller to cap off a great event.
We now have a few weeks off before heading to the Governor’s Cup in Newport Beach, California- one of the premier youth match racing events in the world, and then to Vancouver for the Kintec Summer Match Cup.
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You can find full results from the regatta here and thank you to Meredith Block for the photos.
July 8th, 2013 by admin