Posts Tagged ‘Vendee Globe’
We’re pretty jaded when it comes to mainstream coverage of the sport we love, but allow us to revel a bit in the glory that is HBO Sports. Because the undisputed heavyweight of original cable programming has seemingly seen the light, producing a meaty segment on Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss and the Vendee Globe for their Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel show that airs tonight at 10 PM nationwide.
It ain’t no ‘found footage’ either – HBO sent over a full production team to get down and dirty with what solo ocean racing is all about. Click on the thumbnail to the left to watch a two-minute teaser, and make sure you set your DVR to record what we all hope is an eye-opening report for the millions who watch HBO. When it makes it online, we’ll let you know.
September 17th, 2013 by admin
To say Bernard Stamm had a frustrating Vendee Globe would be an understatement, but after seeing this video of multiple accidental gybes and other mayhem while he cavorted around the transom, the Swiss mountain man is lucky to be alive, much less finished the course five days ago despite the DSQ. Fast forward to around 0:54 if you’re in a rush.
More crazy stuff from the craziest race there is…don’t believe us? How about a little Tanguy Lamotte doing underwater basket weaving and McGyvering up a new bilge pump? Meanwhile, he’s just a few days out and has added 160,000 friends to the Initiatives-Coeur Facebook page. That is 13 children whose lives Tanguy and his fans have saved thus far. Still a bit to go – please go LIKE HIS PAGE to save some more lives.
Just a few more days to go before this one is in the books, and the ultra-marathon Vendee Globe thread continues to stay interesting…
February 10th, 2013 by admin
Well, he finally shut the naysayers up! And we couldn’t be more excited to see Alex Thomson finish on the podium in Les Sables D’Olonne where he completed the race in 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds. Here’s the full press conference following Thomson’s Arrival; check it out to show your support for a guy that has earned every inch of his exceptional Vendee Globe podium finish with a last-generation boat and 2 months of neverending repairs. And for one hell of a finale, he made it through 35 knots and huge Biscay seas right to the finish. Meanwhile, JP Dick has to decide whether to weather a Biscay gale without a keel…more drama ahead!
January 29th, 2013 by admin
People are usually comforted by numbers, at least when the numbers lean their way. Imagine how comforted the Vendee Globe is with theirs, as noted below! Photo showing what 150,000 people at a sailing event really looks like, thanks to Christophe Launay.
There is a number however that is equally disturbing, and that is that there was zero coverage of this historic event in the US mainstream media. In a country with an obsession with all sorts of “extreme” sports, how pitiful that perhaps the most extreme sport of them all generated no interest from an incredibly lazy media. Look for a more in-depth piece on this topic later. Now take a look at the good numbers…
Finish Line Feed (Jan 27)
- 650,000 connections to live feed
- 350,000 views of archived finish feed
- 60,000 Peak simultaneous connections (compared to 38k at race start)
- >1 Million total views of finish (live + archive)
- >11,000 articles (print)
- >17,000 articles (web)
- >5,000 radio broadcasts
- >4,500 TV broadcasts
- 38,000 total media spots (FR)
- 45 million visits
- >8 million unique visitors
- 240 million page views
- 75,000 Facebook fans
- 19,000 Twitter followers
- 470,000 players of Virtual Vendee
- 25 million video views
- 290,000 apps downloaded
- 150,000 in Les Sables D’Olonne (per Vendee government count)
January 29th, 2013 by admin
UPDATE: 3 hrs, 17 mins and 12 seconds later in comes Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire, the closest finish in Vendee history!
1993, Bruno Peyron recorded the first sub-80 day circumnavigation aboard the 86′ catamaran Explorer. This morning, Francois Gabart crossed the finish line of the Vendee Globe in just 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds after he started in a 60′ monohull. It’s amazing stuff, and you can watch it all happen live right here right now. We recommend following the Vendee Globe thread for up-to-the minute ETAs for the fleet. Good pic from Christophe Launay here.
January 27th, 2013 by admin