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Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 9.47.15 PMClean Report

UPDATE: WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT LIVE FROM 0930 HERE.

As we mentioned when we broke the exclusive news that a true blue US team was back in the VOR, we were going to leave a little to the imagination about some of the moving parts of the new team.  Both title sponsors were extremely sensitive about their message and branding were presented at the right time, which is tomorrow (Tuesday) at an 0930 press conference at Sail Newport.

With all those months of secrecy amid toothy nondisclosure efforts, it was something of a surprise to see the well-guarded name of the new team – including both organizations behind it – pop up on Facebook the day before the big, live reveal.  As you’ll note from the pic to the left, the joint US/Danish effort will come with backing from the massive Danish turbine builder along with an environmental organization that’s been balls deep in smaller boat sailing for years.

You can certainly understand why Vestas wants to control their message so strongly, seeing as how they were something of a laughing stock in Denmark after their unscheduled date with an Indian Ocean reef and the months of ensuing mayhem. You can also understand 11th Hour Racing’s cautiousness; we all know that bad shit can happen when the scent of billionaire hits the water in this sport, even if the water is that much cleaner thanks to the Schmidt Family Foundation and fortune.

You can also understand the color scheme we previewed for you with that spy shot of Bicey last week; blue for Vestas, and blue/orange stripes for 11th Hour Racing.  Check back here in the morning for the live stream of the newest eco-team in the sport, and let’s find out which Dane(s) will join Charlie and Mark in the upcoming race.

And if you’re in the social media business, give the team a shout; they may be looking for someone new after today’s unintentional leak!

 

March 20th, 2017 by admin

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Thanks in part to your good questions, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill came clean to Mr. Clean over the weekend about whether their currently 100% American team will carry a US flag, what commitment these ‘under 30s’ have to the rest of their generation, how they secured sponsorship,  whether they have their team picked yet, and how they intend to manage what will inevitably be an intense few months as they ramp up to a November race that is fast approaching. There’s plenty more too in this half-hour conversation, and our apologies for the shitty resolution; apparently they have not yet picked up a mobile internet sponsor and we’re all slave to hotel bitrates…listen or download the audio-only feed here if you can’t stand blurry vids.

Thanks again to Charlie and Mark for the rapid response; we’re stoked to see how this one goes.  Watch through to the end to find out where to send your CV if you want a shot.

 

February 4th, 2014 by admin

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Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 11.17.59 AMNewly announced Volvo Ocean Race entry the All-American Offshore Team Skipper Charlie Enright and Team Manager Mark Towill are joining our Senior Editor Mr. Clean via Skype this afternoon.  Wanna know the who/what/where/why/how?  History tells us that you Anarchists come up with the best questions in all of these interviews, and you’ve got just 3 hours so get to work – so post your question here, and post them now!

 

 

January 31st, 2014 by admin

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all american vor

We can finally confirm the news we’ve been hoping for; tomorrow we’ll officially learn that 3 years of blood, sweat, and tears flowing from All-American Offshore Team alums Charlie Enright and Mark Towill is finally bearing fruit, and Knut and crew will announce a US-crewed team for the 2013-14 VOR around noon CET with Charlie as skipper and Mark as GM.

The boys have played it close to the bone for quite some time for fear of souring the deal with early publicity, but we know much of the cash for this go-around came from a major pharmaceutical company based in Turkey.  Pierre Orphanidis speculated earlier today that the team will be a Turkish entry with a US crew, and that it may be part of Turkey’s play to get far more involved in the VOR and in major sports in general.  We’re not sold on the former, especially with the news that the crew will be entirely, or almost entirely American, but in this cash-starved sponsorship environment, anything’s possible. EDIT:  Somewhat sadly, we note that the boat does indeed have a Turkish sail number, sponsored by medical group Alvimedica and driven by Turkish/Jewish entrepreneur Ishak Alaton.  Alaton becomes the second Jew (after Larry Ellison) to make a major difference in American sailing in just a few years; those boys are killing off the Thurston Howell III stereotype, one Torah at a time!

m24673_crop12_608x404_proportional_1391073427F2F9Whatever it took, we’re stoked for the boys and we can’t wait to see how they go.  Let’s just hope they keep it a US thing.   No offense, Jimmy and Rome – but there are few things we USAnian sailors want more than to cheer for a real team of American racers competing on a world stage without all the funny accents to confuse things.  Knowing many of the players, we expect this team to be quite a bit more democratic than most, and full of one-design talent if lacking in VOR experience; whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.  We wish them luck, and will have an interview as soon as we can get a hold of one of the boys via Skype tomorrow.  Get to know the core crew here; they are not confirmed beyond Charlie and Mark…not yet…

Our unofficial accounting of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race fleet comes to the below list.  If they’re in bold, they’re paid up (more or less).  Wanna speculate?  Go where that happens.

And our title inspiration is of course thanks to David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails.

Hull No./Team

1/Dong Feng/CHN

2/SCA/SWE

3/Brunel/NED

4/AAOT/USA/TUR

5/ADOR/UAE

Still fighting over the last three boats:

6/ESP (Campos)

7/GER

8/GBR

9/NZL (ETNZ)

 

January 29th, 2014 by admin

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