Posts Tagged ‘live’
Don’t screw around, ladies and gents; there’s one thing to watch this fall if you love yacht racing or extreme sports, and it begins today! Get primed by learning about the history of the full fleet here, scroll down for Clean and Ryan’s excellent dock walk/form guide of the entire fleet, and click on the player above for the live dockout show beginning at 0800 local time and running through the pre-start at 1-ish. Not sure why Vendee Globe TV can’t use the same player for both parts like everyone else (but then again the French don’t play that well with YT).
We didn’t do anything like our coverage four years ago, when we spent two weeks interviewing literally dozens of sailors, shore crew, and event staff. Thanks to the evolution of the internet and event media, a thousand percent increase in english-language coverage from the 2012 event to now, and the fact that the skippers are all in ‘bullshit the media’ mode right now, it ain’t necessary. We’ll grab them in a week or three when they can start keeping it real, away from phones, tv producers, and all the dangers of the land. For all the team links, click here.
One interview we did grab was one of our sentimental favorite skippers: Nandor’s Spirit of Hungary. Maybe it’s his perseverance in the face of almost constant problems over the past couple of years, or maybe it’s because he gets to do the ultimate sailing race with his daughters and wife as his shore crew, or maybe the idea of building your own boat for a race this tough appeals to us – either way, check it out here. And if that’s too serious for you, get a load of Mr. Clean trying on Alex Thomson’s ‘Pavlok’ shocking alarm watch and shrieking like a little girl – or at least the bald grizzly bear version of one. Thread remains here and it’s getting updated by multiple Anarchists on site, and check back this evening for the VPLP Podcast – fascinating – and more video work from Clean and his invisible team. For more details on the broadcast coverage in your area, go here.
Enjoy, and a big thanks to MUSTO and Torqeedo for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month. Also thanks to Bruce Schwab and Ocean Planet Energy for their support of our coverage.
November 5th, 2016 by admin
While overall US ratings are down an astonishing 32% from London, it’s amazing how every other sport has superb coverage, yet sailing always seems to have some sort of fuckery associated with it. Not hearing Jobson, however, is hardly a loss at all, but let’s face it – while a few hardcore watchers are happy with pretty pictures alone, sailing video without informed commentary will struggle to hang on to real fans, much less earn one new interested observer. The production team’s fuckup reaches monumental proportions against the political backdrop: After London’s production of the sailing events ranked almost at the bottom of all Olympic sports in total viewership, the IOC told World Sailing they needed to figure out how to pull their weight or risk consequences, and their solution; hire the same producer who pulled those shit ratings, and hope he doesn’t fuck anything up…
From Anarchist Bill: Olympic streaming commentary: just watched the RS:X race. Really outstanding video, and wonderful without commentary. I don’t need someone telling me what’s going on, particularly as their occasional graphics were excellent. Gary and Randy may be great, but sailing is so much better without talking heads.
Americans with cable can watch the coverage, for what it’s worth, over here. Those without can find legal, free streams through one of these links. Sketchier stuff for our visitors from far-off lands with good anti-spoofing software and smart clicking, you can brave these spam-filled feeds for live sailing.
August 8th, 2016 by admin
It’s quarters, semis, and finals for a share of the 100,000 dollar prize purse in Germany today. Watch it live now!
May 7th, 2016 by admin
The Clearwater, FL 49er and 49er FX Worlds are live for the final two days of the important qualifier. Watch Pete Burling and Blair Tuke humiliate everyone else. The iconic Peter Lester leads the commentary over a mix of drone and on-board video, and it’s worth a watch. Results over here.
February 13th, 2016 by admin
Up to four races for Day One of the Star Sailors League Finals in a nice Caribbean breeze and we’ve got it all for you, live! Check it out right here, starting at 11 PM EST/0800 PST.
December 2nd, 2015 by admin
More action from the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open for the Star Sailors League in the battle for a pile of cash and big boy bragging rights – video livestream is here.
September 12th, 2015 by admin
The final, double points day of the exciting M32 Battle for Helsinki is LIVE in FIVE! Will US-One finally get wiped off the top of the leaderboard? Only one way to find out…
Pics, etc. over here.
September 6th, 2015 by admin
Just two races remain, and it’s all live thanks to Sperry and J/Composites France. Breeze, waves, and fireworks on the starting line. What more could you want?
July 11th, 2015 by admin
It’s your final chance to catch Genny Tulloch and the VOR Live Arrivals team as they welcome in leg winner Alvimedica and VOR winner Abu Dhabi! We’ll be out on a RIB to bring in the fleet; go to SA’s Facebook Page for our own take on the finish, and be sure to check back in this week for a live talk show with the winning team, some great interviews, and maybe a hard-hitting question or three.
June 22nd, 2015 by admin
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