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Posts Tagged ‘enright’

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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 7 to Lisbon

Clean Report – WORLD EXCLUSIVE

The folks at VOR love to tease you with cutesy non-announcements, but there’s a reason you rarely see similar tactics in the world of high-flying PR.  The reason? Because it gets guys like me charged up to dig into the story before Volvo deigns to release it.

So when we got the “Team 4 Confirmed” news from the VOR staff, we started burning the FaceTwitSkype lines, and it didn’t take long to get the world exclusive story for our readers – and that story is great news for anyone who wants to see offshore racing in the USA reach the kind of audience that only the VOR can.

We can now confirm that an American-led team is BACK in the race under the able leadership of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill.  While we won’t tell you who they are, we can also confirm that the two sponsors we’ve learned of are great partners for the sport of sailing, and we’re stoked to see them involved in the race. There are also some interesting dynamics involved in the new team, but now that we’ve busted open the biggest mystery, we’ll save that news for you for a bit.

If you’re in the Newport area you can find out more at the Tuesday press conference, and we promise to have the first big interview with the boys once the news has been officially announced.  Talk about it here.

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March 15th, 2017 by admin

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-12-15-21-pmWe are massive fans of the Mudratz, and of their unintentional discovery of just how to fix that problem we’ve all been asking about for more than a decade: “How do we turn junior sailors into lifelong sailors?”

If you haven’t followed the kids from Mystic (and beyond), take this opportunity to peruse their recent history here.  They’ve got a team of kids racing at the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, and to celebrate, they’re auctioning off Charlie Enright’s genuine, brand new, autographed Musto/Team Alvimedica HPX Smock from the last Volvo Ocean Race.  It’s live on eBay with the auction set to end this evening – 100% goes to the team’s 501(c)(3) charity fund, and we encourage you to get over there and bid it up right now.  Hell, at the current bid of $435, it’s cheaper than retail.  Let’s raise some money!

Your auction price will be a tax-deductible contribution, and it comes at the perfect time for your 2016 tax year.  Get over there now.

 

December 1st, 2016 by admin

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Anyone who spent last summer wincing at the sound of “Oracle Team USA” when referring to a 12-man team with 1.5 Americans aboard will be slightly happier to learn that the Team Alvimedica Volvo 65 will include at least 4 US-based sailors in its Newport-based boat.  Skippers Charlie Enright and Mark Towill officially named Newport badass Nick Dana to the crew, while Amory Ross will reprise his role as On-Board Reporter, though this time with far more freedom than he had during the PUMA days.  That’s four Americans out of 9 total spots (including the media guy), and we understand that Enright is working hard to reach agreement with another US sailor, who we hear is San Fran skiff legend Matt Noble, though that remains unconfirmed.

We can’t hide our disappointment that the kids behind who created the All-American Offshore Team decided they couldn’t perform in the VOR with a young, fully US crew, especially given the non-Americans they named for their official roster: Inshore one-design racer Alberto Bolzan (ITA), 50 year-old navigator Will Oxley (AUS), and Kiwi Volvo Ocean Race backmarkers Ryan Houston (Delta Lloyd, Sanya) and Dave Swete (Sanya).  Could they really find no US offshore and inshore one-design performers with back-of-pack VOR experience like Housty and Swetey?

We admit that we know very little about the constraints the Alvi team is operating under, and we’re happy to see that they are clearly serious about putting together a team with a chance.  But we’re still sad to see the final nail in the coffin of the Morning Light/King’s Point/All-American Offshore Team; a great bunch of kids that we’ve been following since we met the Disneys and the kids at the Morning Light premier about a decade ago.

Head over to the Team Alvi Facebook Page here for the full story, and re-live Mark and Charlie’s first VOR interview with SA from all the way back in February.

 

July 7th, 2014 by admin

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