Posts Tagged ‘Mr. Clean’
Fresh from a respectable Caribbean 600 aboard their Swan 46 Isbjorn (which you can join as paying crew here), On-The-Wind Podcast founder Andy Schell caught up with our own Senior Editor for a fun talk from a different angle. We leave it to Andy to describe what happened below, and encourage you to sign up with the one of the very few sailing podcasts worth listening to (at Stitcher here, at iTunes here).
Alan Block, aka Mr. Clean, is one of the driving forces behind the hugely popular – and sometimes controversial – Sailing Anarchy website. He’s a staple on the racing scene, traveling far and wide to cover events from the Volvo to the Vendee and lots in between. Alan’s story is a fascinating and circuitous one, and during our 90-minute conversation, we covered the whole thing, from his early days as a lawyer, to his dreams to set off sailing, and ultimately to his serendipitous opportunity to work with Sailing Anarchy. Alan is also the founder and host of the Sailing Anarchy podcast.
March 13th, 2017 by admin
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
For the first time ever the tables have been turned, and our own Mr. Clean gets finally grilled by someone else! John Casey puts Alan Block on the hot seat in this 2 and a half hour JC Worldwide podcast that’s exactly what you’d expect: Funny stories, outspoken opinions, and plenty of information on, well, a little of everything about sailboat racing and the media. Subscribe to the Worldwide podcast on iTunes here.
February 3rd, 2016 by admin
The JC Worldwide media team dropped two great podcasts over the weekend; First up, you can find the inimitable Brad Funk over on JC’s catalog talking skiff sailing, training, nutrition, and what it was like to have then-wife Anna T on her way to Olympic Gold while Funk lost the trials. Oh yeah, and aliens – lots, and lots of aliens.
Above, we’ve embedded JC’s best work to date; 2 hours of non-stop yappin’ with one of multihulling’s most interesting dudes. So waste your commute with John as he and Extreme 40 pioneer, GC32 co-creator and now Olympic Nacra coach Andrew “Macca” Macpherson get deep into the current state of high-performance sailing. Lots on the future of foiling, the evolution of safety, and exactly how in the hell JC and Macca got an Extreme 40 to 36 knots a decade ago in Holland.
Bar The Door
Mr. Clean himself became the first guest to fly all the way to Florida just to do the JC Worldwide Podcast. Got something interesting to ask about Sailing Anarchy? Send in your questions by Twitter today and tomorrow to @JohncaseyWW and we’ll see how much they make Clean sweat.
January 25th, 2016 by admin
I don’t write for money, and I don’t do interviews for fame. I do it all because I love this sport more than almost anything else in the world. Sailing saved me from addiction, greed, and a bloodsucking life as a lawyer, and my repayment program requires that I share my wonderment and love of this sport with as many people as possible before I die.
I’ve shirked that responsibility over the past couple of months, and for that, I’m sorry to all of you. Scot and our hundreds of SA contributors have done a great job in my absence, and despite my having a really, really good excuse that’s approaching like a freight train (see above), I’m back in action – embedded in some of the hottest yacht racing anywhere over the next few weeks.
So for those of you waiting patiently for the full story (and video) on the foiling Gunboat G4, a ‘by-the-numbers’ analysis of the Newport VOR stopover, a report on the state of cheating in the J/70 Class, and a few other items – thanks for your understanding. That’s coming up this month, along with a European road trip chasing down the VOR as it wraps, a week’s excitement with Team USA vs. the Scandies at the M32 Series in Gothenburg, and live racing action from the J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, France. And it only gets better from there.
Huge thanks to my beautiful wife for the photo (and at least one other job she’s doing), and to Sperry for allowing us to bring you hundreds of hours of sailing coverage for 2015.
June 10th, 2015 by admin
We’ve expected Barker to get eased off the helm of ETNZ for quite some time now, and the only nasty or surprising part of the affair was the shitty way he found out. Kiwi’s biggest radio station RadioTalkZB gave our Senior Editor a call to discuss the controversy over Barker’s axing this morning; listen to the six minutes with host Rachel Smalley by clicking the player above.
- Tags: America's Cup, dean barker, Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton, Mr. Clean, new zealand, newstalk zb, peter burling
February 26th, 2015 by admin
Newly 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
While Clean sits in an airport somewhere in Indonesia waiting for a connection, day two of qualifying for the World Match Racing Tour finale is underway in more light air in Kuala Terranganu. Watch it all live here, and check the WMRT page for standings and daily news wraps.
November 26th, 2013 by admin
Longtime Newport Beach, CA Star sailor Jim Buckingham with Austin Sperry may have taken the first Star Winter Series event in perfect Miami breeze this weekend, but devoted SA’er Philip Carlson took the spotlight, the 23-year old Swede taking two bullets on the final day to jump ahead of Augie Diaz/Arnis Baltins for the second-place spot. Fellow 23 year old Finn sailor and Rio 2016 hopeful Luke Lawrence kept it tight with Philip until he blew a block up on Sunday. Carlson said he just kept the boat going, while ‘the German Mr. Clean’ a/k/a superstar Star crew and Weymouth Olympian Frithjof Kleen, made it go fast. Betcha didn’t know there is a German Mr. Kleen…Here’s a look at ours and Germany’s at the same time.
Now that the Star fleet is firmly out of the Olympics, is this the first look at a younger US-based fleet? ”If I am going to pay for my own sailing, this is the Class I will choose every time,” said Carlson. The second SWS event is December’s Commodore’s Cup; register here and check the Series’ Facebook Page for interviews, photos, and more coverage from the team. Meredith Block Photos.
November 25th, 2013 by admin
Just last week we gave you the news about SailDrone’s historic unmanned voyage from ‘frisco to Hawaii. With their safety-orange drone safely tied down, we’re getting project designer and leader Richard Jenkins on the line for another great SA Innerview.
Whether you’re a tech freak, a RC sailboat lover, or just a lover of all things dronish, get your questions in about this potentially revolutionary little sailboat here, and Mr. Clean will make sure the good ones get asked in our video Skype chat. Deadline for questions: Friday at 1300 GMT. Saildrone photos with more here.
November 7th, 2013 by admin