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With just 5 stops on the 2018 calendar confined to just three countries, the TP52 SuperSeries is contracting geographically s it expands in fleet size and reach.  Inspired by the addition of America’s Cup teams Quantum and Luna Rossa (with some participation from BAR crew aboard Gladiator), the Series’ media outreach and production continues to improve in a boat that looks a hell of a lot sexier than any other nearly 20-year old box-rule Class, and it’s good enough to have brought the (in)famous Plattner family back to big boat box rule racing after a dog’s life for Hasso and Tina aboard their 5O5s.

Dean Barker’s Quantum Racing has a big lead on the season, and you can watch the rest of the week live with the TP52 app.

August 23rd, 2018 by admin

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An incredible THREE TEAMS ARE TIED FOR THE LEAD going into the final leg of the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, with the battle for DFL almost as interesting.  Watch the start from Gothenburg for the final leg and the closest finish in the history of the Volvo/Whitbread and stay tuned for another Boatfeed episode coming today.

June 21st, 2018 by admin

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Our coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race is presented by Musto, Official Outfitter of the 2018 VOR.

With the fleet headed North, the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race finally feels like it’s on the home stretch, and we’re all hoping for no more horrible tragedies as the final few legs unfold.  Watch above for the live VOR start from Itajai.

Another VOR-peripheral figure died over the weekend; anyone whose day was made better when Team SCA sang “Wake Me Up” with the world’s most famous DJ might spare a moment to remember the troubled 28 year old superstar Avicii.  He died on the 20th in Oman.

 

April 22nd, 2018 by admin

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There’s half the globe ahead though the big Southern Ocean leg seems like the last big challenge for the 2017-18 VOR course.  Live Leg 7 Start with Greeny and Sally thanks to VOR Facebook.

March 17th, 2018 by admin

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Our VOR coverage brought to you by Musto, Official Clothing Supplier of the Volvo Ocean Race.

MAPFRE scored a huge double-points win in the big Southern Ocean leg of the VOR, thanks in part to Dongfeng blowing out one of their canting-keel attachments and now fighting to hold on to second place, to say nothing of the fact that they don’t have a complete stopover in Melbourne to effect a proper repair.  Watch it live here, and go to the thread for the juiciest action.

 

December 24th, 2017 by admin

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Tired of the NFL?  Looking for something to replace 3 hours of Formula 1?  Or just looking for some sailing to share with your family?  Have we got a Sunday for you!

Goodi Again!


The softspoken ginger Brit smacked up the world’s fastest sailors enroute to his Moth world title earlier this year, so how the hell does he go from that to a title in one of the slowest boats out there?  Watch Paul Goodison take his first Star Sailors League World Title in an exciting day of knockout racing from our friends at the SSL.

The Reviewers

Before watching any of today’s Volvo action, get the full pro review of the Leg 2 on-board content from Matt Knighton and Mr. Clean along with a good discussion of the Scallywag controversy and ‘Dial-A-Pro’ with Sander Van Der Borch on Episode 2 of The Boatfeed.

Drivin’ On 9

What makes a great driver below 40 degrees South?  Watch and learn.

Walk It Off

Not the best Dock Walk in the world, but we do get a little bit of Martine Grael, so we’ll take it.

Send It Off

Short and sweet with gorgeous visuals, as the Cape Doctor sends the fleet off quick and live earlier this morning.  Track ’em here.

December 10th, 2017 by admin

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Lisbon to Cape Town is for many the best leg of the VOR.  The start should be good too.

Dockout show from this morning ain’t bad either.  It’s here: https://www.facebook.com/volvooceanrace/videos/10156109718352437/

November 5th, 2017 by admin

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We can talk all we want about raw shots, OBRs, and which sailor is the most interesting on camera, but this hour and a half broadcast is quite likely the best piece of live offshore racing coverage ever produced.  Not only does it feature 89 minutes of some of the sexiest, live, big breeze offshore racing you’ve ever seen, but the director, spotters, camera op, and helicopter pilot went from one cool situation to another, giving presenters Conrad Colman and Niall Myant a few minutes to analyze and explain while the helo moved to the next boat up the track.

The live shoot (which happened as the fleet headed out the Gibraltar Straits toward Lisbon) managed to catch gybing sequences, a 3 boatlength cross between Caffari and Witt, and a great perspective to compare AkzoNobel and Mapfre’s gybes.  Most exciting of all was a sequence where Charlie and Mark’s leading Vestas 11th Hour Racing, schooning along at 25 knots under full pirate rig (reef + J3 + Fr0)overhauled, passed and crossed a Panamax cargo ship under full steam.

This is the first time we’ve really seen the 2017 VOR’s ‘digital first’ strategy pay, because this kind of live footage will never be able to coexist with broadcast television’s requirements for ironbound schedules and time limits.  But it’s this kind of coverage – big breeze aerials with great commentary and analysis for both the saltiest seaman and the lubberiest lubber – that could provide the first real mainstream breakout for live offshore sailing in the wider world.

If they can just insert audio off the racing boats and maybe get the tiniest bit of female or other international diversity into the commentary team, and reproduce and promote this format in places like Cape Horn, they really do have an innovation that should win awards – and more importantly, win a shitload of fans.

Best in 1080p on your flat screen…

On another note, like many of you we missed this webcast when it happened live on Facebook, in part because the VOR folks don’t seem to have figured out how to streamline the content available to the average casual viewer.  Fortunately, one anarchist has responded with his own log of every piece of race multimedia coming through the web, and while we have no idea how long “JBC” can keep updating this awesome multi-tab Google doc, we’ll take it while it lasts.

November 1st, 2017 by admin

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Brad Jackson and Rome Kirby get the boot while Simeon’s back for the start, and Volvo 65s have to find their way through an uncorralled spectator boat fleet.   Watch it all live here, but watch the Sailor Girl’s dock walk first.

October 22nd, 2017 by admin

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Volvo may wish the world was talking about the Alicante In-Port Race – the first event of the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race – but most continue to talk about the last-minute ousting of Simeon Tienpont.  With VOR’s messaging off the rails (and still no information coming out of AkzoNobel other than a short statement) and now crew telling one publication that they are not leaving for Cape Town without Simeon, what VOR needs more than anything else is a breezy, heart-in-the-throat race around the mediterranean port.

Unfortunately, the forecast is for 10 knots or less, meaning the racing is likely to suck.  More fortunately, Andy Green and Sally Barkow are in the commentary booth.  If Facebook is blocked in your country, head over to the VOR site to watch their bespoke, un-embeddable player (yep, somehow, some brilliant media staffer built a bespoke player…in 2017…seriously).

UPDATE: Is the VOR so broke that they don’t even have onboard audio and video for this race?   Holy shit, this thing really is off the rails.  Piss poor graphics, no narrative setup, dockout show, or dock walk – we heard they had cut their video budget way down, but we didn’t realize they had less money in their live budget than the 5O5 worlds…

To be fair, the first in-port race is as much of a practice for everyone – including the media folks – as it is a real race, but if it were practice, you’d think they would at least have all their assets in place. If this is the sum total of the LIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE MOST EXTREME RACE IN THE WORLD as VOR would have you believe?  We all might just be yawning our way around the world.

 

October 14th, 2017 by admin

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