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Posts Tagged ‘Copenhagen’

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We jumped ahead a bit in the SA Podcast timeline to stay timely with the World Match Racing Tour Newport stage (which began yesterday), and today’s two hours is with two of the leading lights in modern grand prix racing – both of them daily SA readers.

Sam Usher founded the UK-based production company Redhanded TV more than a decade ago, and in that time, he’s produced live and highlight video for the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the World Match Racing Tour, the GC32, and dozens more events.  Sam stands out not only for his willingness to hire the loudest voice in sailing as a talker, but for his disdain for ‘the old way’, a never-ending drive to push the boundaries of sailing coverage, and a belief that sailing is indeed a spectator sport if you just show it off right.  Sam is currently the Executive Producer of the WMRT’s coverage.

Hakan Svensson needs little introduction, but we’ll give it a try.  A passionate amateur yachtsman from the West Coast of Sweden, Svensson is a proper Viking.  He spent the first half of his career in the shipping industry and showed how to make B-to-B sponsorship work in the Volvo Ocean Race (Green Dragon, Puma), selling his company Berg Propulsion after the 2012 race.  A long time supporter of sailing at every level (including sponsorship of Freddy Loof and his London gold medal), Svensson wasn’t someone to lounge around and live on interest payments – he helped Goran Marstrom and Marstrom Composites settle a long running battle over the Marstrom 32 catamaran and then bought the design.  Svensson also bought the troubled World Match Racing Tour as a showcase for his new catamaran, but also to provide a much-needed pathway that could both identify the next young Glenn Ashby as well as to help mentor them along their way.

The Ian Roman/WMRT photo below shows our studio at the edge of the water in Copenhagen.  Not a bad office for the evening!

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May 31st, 2016 by admin

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Clean Report

After what was the single most exciting day of match racing I’ve ever watched or commentated in my life, I’m still a little speechless; I’ve never been much of a fan of match racing, and I’d long ago gotten used to a format where the boat that wins the start sails off to victory the vast majority of the time.  But on the Sweet Sixteen day of the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen, the crowd and worldwide audience saw more passing and more action than in an entire week of hte old-format World Tour.

I’m still a little cynical – maybe we just got lucky, or maybe it’s the newness of the M32 that’s allowing such variety in the racing.  But as I type this on Friday morning, Sally Barkow just nearly caused Taylor Canfield to flip and made the pass, and we’re just on the first race of the day.  Watch the entire replay from yesterday above, and if you like it as much as I did, be sure to tune in today at 1400 CET/0800 ET as the quarterfinals conclude.

 

May 13th, 2016 by admin

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This is one of the funniest sailing videos we’ve ever seen.  Turn the sound up and watch through to the end for full effect.  Clean and the WMRT team are live from 1400 CET/0800 ET through Saturday; watch ’em here.

 

May 12th, 2016 by admin

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In the series that’s quickly become a dry run for next year’s introduction of the multihull World Match Race Tour and the million dollar grand prize, Taylor Canfield’s US-One once again dominated the fleet in Copenhagen.  With just a few months left until the 2016 Tour, it’s looking like young Tay-Tay is on the road to millionaire-dom .  And despite the rout, the racing is getting more and more fun to watch. Here’s the highlights package from our friends at RedhandedTV.

 

August 17th, 2015 by admin

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For the first time since Day 1 of the 2015 M32 Scandinavian Series, Taylor and his US-One boys are off the top of the leaderboard thanks to stellar starting and solid boathandling from Nicolas the Duck Hunter’s Essiq Racing Team.  But we know Tay-Tay, and he loves when he’s a little behind…look for fireworks with more solid Easterly breeze in Copenhagen – live.  Results here, Day 2 Highlights here.

 

August 15th, 2015 by admin

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Despite tight racing and lots of lead changes, the Copenhagen M32 Series event off with a bit of a light-air whimper, but get stoked, live sailing fans, ’cause the real deal is blowing in today!  Stay tuned for a much more interesting look at the future of the million-dollar World Match Racing Tour and grand prix racing.  Just like the America’s Cup, but for all of us – not just the billionaires. Canfield and Dackhammer tied after 3; live from 0830 EDT above.

August 14th, 2015 by admin

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An army of Vikings has one thing on their collective minds: Let’s get Taylor.  Can Canfield’s US-One continue to dominate the M32 Scandi Series as learning the boat begins to get really important?  Watch here from 0730 EDT Thursday.  Schedule, teams, program all over here. Title play on the other Copenhagen.

 

August 13th, 2015 by admin

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