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Stern-steerers, litigation (not ours, thankfully!), luscious Hannah, the slickest metal in the world, the boys in Orange coming on, and the boys in Bermuda flying high. Another edition of Video Anarchy is all yours.
Magic Carpet Ride
Yacht designers and racers have been searching for some breakthrough in hull coating technology for as long as boats have raced; so much so that the fluid-emitting system on the BMW/Oracle 90 is illegal in every other type of racing. But what if the perfect hydrophobic hull was a single sheet of metal? And what if you could etch metal foils so the water literally ran away from them? We don’t know what the long term outlook would be, but we sure are interested, and we know the AC guys are, too. Check this incredible video above, and you will be too.
All Hannah, All The Time
We were going to post an interesting kiteboarding movie here by the awesome Broken Head Film guys, but then we noticed one of their stars (and an avowed SA reader) Hannah Whiteley – had a new video up herself. And since we’re head-over-heels in love with her, we’ll feature that one. Follow Hannah here.
Big Ben’s Bermuda Base
Is this just an easy winter vacation for a team whose backers probably all have winter mansions in Bermuda, or are Ben & Friends the most serious Cup team of all right now? Time is the one thing that matters most for the AC, and here’s a slickly produced video showing Ben and the team getting feet wet in Bermuda with Nacra F20C foilers. UK 1, everyone else: 0.
Orange Is The New Bronze
If you’re like us, you’re proud of Charlie and Mark and the youngest VOR team for their hard-fought podium finish in Sanya. But if you’re like us, you didn’t pay much attention to this long, light-air leg, and you don’t understand how they got there. Watch this video and catch up.
Former OTUSA sailor Mattie Mitchell is taking Larry and Russell to court for being thrown headfirst under the bus during the 2013 AC’s Kingpostgate (and hung out to dry for $68K), and now that it’s in court, all the OTUSA/ACEA/ISAF secret meetings, back room deals, and ‘confidential’ submissions are finally going to see the light of day. Mattie sat down for a 10-minute interview with NZ’s Good Chaps the other day, and it’s definitely a good listen for anyone who likes a good AC dustup.
We’re excited for the discovery process to begin, and we think the world will get to see just what kind of folks were running the show over in San Fran and at ISAF headquarters for the past few years. Stay tuned for more developments coming soon, and let’s all hope Mattie doesn’t settle!
Lords Of The Deuce
54 feet. 104 MPH. 6 crazy dudes.
- Tags: alvimedica, America's Cup, ben ainslie racing, hannah whiteley, hull coating, kingpost, matt mitchell, oracle team usa, video anarchy, volvo ocean race
January 29th, 2015 by admin
the real world
Heartbreaking proof of why we love Chris Nicholson, with Mark Covell doing a great job getting the full story out of him. There, but for the grace of god, go we. Those of you seeking answers, read the latest update here, have patience or go play here. And don’t forget: These guys are still on the beach.
We wouldn’t post this if we didn’t think Nico and the boys would chuckle at it.
Back To The Beach
There’s a fun new attitude in the Melges 32 Class – if there weren’t, the Rev Petey and Clean wouldn’t be down at their World Championship. Go here for OTW video and photos starting tomorrow around 11 AM EST, and watch the front page for a daily highlight reel to burn your retinas.
One Way Or Another
Andrew York gives us some juice on the latest VX-One action. We like the way these guys think.
I love it when a plan comes together! Well, the plan I put to the Sydney VX One fleet before the season came together in spades on Saturday the 29th of November.
In early September we had a meeting at the CYCA to discuss our plans for the season. At this meeting I asked the owners what their thoughts were about towing the boats up the coast to Pittwater one morning when the breeze was light and the sea pretty flat and then sailing back to Sydney in the building Nor-east seabreeze. Their reaction was ‘shit yeah, let’s do it!”
We would be at the mercy of the wind gods, and there’s only a 30% chance of a good seabreeze on any given day from October through to December. So we allocated four of the Saturdays in November as ‘possible days’. I rang around to find a boat to tow us and Steve Barlow who had a Riviera 44 said he was up for it. I knew that he would do a great job and that his boat would be the perfect platform to take photos of the day.
The first three weekends did not work out for us, but as soon as the seven day forecasts were out, Saturday the 29th looked the goods. There would be a light wind in the morning and the seabreeze building to 15 knots or more in the afternoon. Most importantly there would be only a three foot swell offshore for the tow up the coast. On Tuesday I notified everyone that it was a go for our trip to Pittwater on the weekend.
We would be towing from the hardstand at RANSA in Rushcutters Bay; five nautical miles to North Head and then another fifteen nautical miles up the coast to Barrenjoey Headland.
Friday dawned and all was good, until I received a message from Scott Lawson that he had been sick all week and did not think he would be able to make it. He graciously offered the use of his boat if I could find a suitably experienced skipper and crew. Although the offer to steer a VX One down the coast is a good one, I knew that the lack of notice might not make it easy to fill the roles.
I found a couple of guys more than capable of sending Scott’s boat safely down the coast. Some guys named Iain Murray and Lach Gilbert would be joined by Scott’s son Harry; one of Australia’s top 29er sailors.
With Beth Morley of sportsailingphotography aboard Steve’s boat to record our adventures and the boats hitched up, we started our journey from the dock in Rushcutters Bay. The sea was nice and flat and we averaged a bit over 9 knots on the tow, arriving at Barrenjoey around 1:30pm and heading around behind The Joey to hoist our sails, with Murray arriving by boat to join us. We beat out past the headland and then started heading south. There was quite a bit of East in the breeze so it was a two sail reach for a couple of miles until we could hoist our kites.
Phil Tomkins, sailing two-up, was fairly pressed as we surfed wave after wave. We were doing 14 to 17 knots most of the time while the Riviera buzzed around setting up the shots for Beth. We enjoyed the ride down the coast for about an hour before we jibed to go in through the heads.
When you sail downwind for 20 miles in a VX One, offshore in a building breeze, it’s a good day, a very good day!
December 2nd, 2014 by admin
The competition amongst Volvo On-Board Reporters (OBR) is easily as heated as it is between the skippers, at least at this early stage, because there is an immediate payoff for those who excel. The best of each leg gets a cool 1,000 euro, and anyone who really hits it out of the viral park will have some very happy sponsors and decades of solid work ahead of them. Given the importance of the OBR role, the commitment that VOR have thrown behind them, and the likelihood that the next 8 months will be – let’s say ‘instructive’ for the future of sailing and the media – we’re paying close attention. And so should you.
Today’s VOR piece comes from the 2 meter tall, slightly insane cameraman Stefan Coppers (Team Brunel). We had fun with the gangly, wild-maned Dutchman in Cape Town, and he promised to give us something we saw precious little of in Leg 1: Humor. So for our OBR video of the week, we’ve got a little giggle for ya – click on it above. There’s more good news today as well; over here is a gyro/steadicam look at a full gybe as requested by many of you and answered by the poet of the bunch, Dongfeng OBR Yann Riou. We also note that Team Alvimedica is (thankfully) back to releasing a raw, daily ‘Boatfeed’ especially for the more educated fan; check out today’s here. Also, there are now TWO teams who have their own apps. Team SCA’s is here, while Brunel’s just got launched this morning over here.
You all may not know that the Volvo folks only run a portion of the videos coming off the boats; in order to really stay on top of what’s happening in the Indian Ocean, you need to follow the teams as well. We’ve found our VOR mornings to be best served by opening a window with the following tabs in it.
November 24th, 2014 by admin
We’ve got far too many videos from my ten-day stop in Cape Town to put them all up here, but despite the fact that they’re all shaky ‘Clean Cam’ clips, the interviews finally get you sailors what you really want: In-depth discussions of what’s working and what’s not, what’s fast and what’s not, and what their real problems and advantages are. So enjoy, and be sure to head over to our Youtube playlist for the stopover, don’t forget there are a few more (including an exceptional chat with VOR sail loft manager Nathan Quirk) over on Facebook, and of course you all owe it to yourselves to catch up with the latest and greatest on the Leg 2 thread, though you might want to skip to Page 6…
The Big Show
Mark Covell and play-by-play guy Niall Myant have started feeling their oats in the broadcast booth and I’ll be taking over Knut’s spot on the chase boat along with the incredible Skip Novak for color, but here’s what you really want to know: It will be BLOWING DOGS OFF CHAINS. In fact, it already is. In double fact, it hasn’t stopped since I got off the plane.
Please stay tuned for the team-by-team form guide that’s on its way to you as soon as I can get off the water, and keep your eyes out for the (far too lengthy) analysis of pretty much everything you could want to know about the VOR; 30 hours of air travel on Friday should be just enough time to finish that one. Live Stream begins at 1750 local time/1550 UTC/1050 EST/0750 PST, and we’ll be online for at least an hour; longer if the near-gale conditions and possibly huge seas will allow. I can guarantee you one thing: It’s gonna be a hoot. We’ll change this link to the replay when it’s available, usually a few hours after the end of the broadcast.
The Crush Goes On
Team SCA Skipper Sam Davies may be a couple of years older than the last time she enthralled me with her brains and skills, but she’s still as open and interesting as ever to chat with.
At 37 years old, Nick Bice has spent the better part of his adult life on the Volvo, first as a racer and then as a shore manager. Now he’s running the Boatyard, perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle in the Volvo’s quest for sustainability. This is an awesome 18 minutes with one of the most charismatic dudes in the game. Enjoy it.
Grizzled ocean racing and race admin vet Jack Lloyd has already lost part of a finger to this race, but he’s not about to lose any of his teams to pirates. We get the full story on how the Exclusion Zones work, what military support is available to the fleet, and much more in yet another good chat with yet another guy boiling over with character.
With Iker Martinez heading off to deal with business back home, the French press was left to sort out what happened during MAPFRE’s first-leg implosion. We grabbed Iker in a romantic spot to get the real deal from him, and as usual, he was an open book. Find out whether Iker and Mich Dej came to blows on the run down the African Coast (spoiler alert- they didn’t).
November 18th, 2014 by admin
Leg 1 of the Volvo is over, the Rhum fleet screams towards the Caribbean, some Midwest college action, remembering the memories, and much more in this week’s edition of Video Anarchy.
The King of the Atlantic
it was a different Banque Populaire Maxi that Loick Peyron took to the ultimate record smash, but today’s accomplishment is almost as good; the affable Francais and SA fan is just a few hours from breaking the absolute Route Du Rhum record, more than a hundred miles ahead of the bigger, faster boat he once skippered! Peyron needs to average around 15 knots to break the Lemonchois record (of 7d aboard a boat he was only recruited to sail a couple of months ago, and with Michel Desjoyeaux and Franck Cammas flailing around in their own pursuits lately, Peyron cements his legendary place as today’s king of the Atlantic. The Route Du Rhum thread just keeps getting better and better, especially now that Anarchist “Laurent” is back putting English translations on the best videos from the course like today’s note from Loick; thanks Laurent! The latest page of the thread is here, or read from the beginning here.
Heart of Darkness
The last time we got excited about a sailing movie was when Peter Weir brought Patrick O’Brian’s incredible Master and Commander to the big screen with the help of at least one Anarchist rigger. The movie was badass to sailors and mostly well-received by critics, though it never got close to making up the USD$150 million it cost to make – part of the reason we haven’t seen another big budget nautical movie in the intervening decade.
But now there’s a new one, and it’s based on the scariest fish story of all time. Heart of the Sea is directed by one of the best of the generation, adapting a spectacular book written by a guy who once won a major Sunfish championship. You can learn more in the thread, but for now, just click “HD” and turn the sound up. This one is worth it.
It’s full of clips that any real Volvo fan saw days or weeks ago, isn’t really targeted at knowledgable sailors, and occasionally forgets that it’s telling stories about a race rather than a cruise, but the fourth installment of Volvo’s Life at the Extreme TV series continues to improve on earlier episodes, even if only in fits and starts. If anything, it’s a great show to share with non-sailing squares – students at school or your friends, families, or whomever has shown an inability to really comprehend what you do on Saturdays and Wednesday nights, or why you always have bruises after some of those long weekends. For our part we don’t expect to embed these for you after this one – there’s just better stuff coming from the teams and VOR and we prefer to highlight that.
We’re not particularly bullish on cable TV and we don’t expect to get bowled over by the race’s American TV ratings now that NBCSN is running the series, but we’re not at all sure it matters. With over a million Facebook fans and a monster news, social media and video footprint right now, it’s clear the investments they’ve made in staff, one-design boats and communications are paying.
The race’s biggest problem is the typical Sailing Anarchy reader, because they need you. It’s your support that keeps interest up between races and it’s yachtie brand-loyalty that sustains interest in this race over the decades. But you know too much, you expect too much, and it’s impossible to keep you happy, which is why we tell everyone that the Ocean Racing Anarchy forum threads are really the best tool to follow the race. Let the Anarchists curate the information coming out of the boats and race HQ for you, and follow along there yourself. Relive the leg 1 thread here, and be ready for Leg 2 by subscribing to the thread. Check the short Leg 1 review reel here. Those of you coming over to Cape Town for the festivities, the schedule is here.
The People’s Skipper
Whitbread skipper, sailmaker, and everyone’s favorite Cork character Joe English died last week, and we salute the Irishman with this short film following Joe and wife April’s journey with the early-onset Alzheimer’s that eventually took his life. If the film (or Joe’s memory) touched your life, consider donating to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Thread here.
Big Fish/Little Pond
Our friend Sarah Sloan over at the Michigan Sailing Team hits us with a little news from the Big Ten Team Race last week in Ann Arbor; scores and details here, and thanks to U of M sailor Zachary Frankel for the movie.
Six months after the Worst Winter Ever and the resulting perpetually froze lake caused the University of Michigan Sailing Team to postpone and reschedule the Big 10 Team Race regatta, six teams from the MCSA came to Ann Arbor to compete for the top prize (in this case, a giant jar of Halloween candy and their name on an impeccably polished trophy).
In an uncharacteristic display of charity, Michigan Weather decided to provide us with exceptional fall weather and wind Saturday and Sunday. The University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Marquette University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Ohio State University sailed all day under blue skies and with a blowing breeze. Michigan ended the day undefeated in first, and everyone returned back to campus for a night of relaxation and warm showers.
Even though there was a decrease in temperature and wind speed on Sunday, the level of competition was still incredibly high, with the day ending in a sail-off between the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. Michigan won the final race, but subsequently lost off the water when a protest brought to the judges went in the favor of Wisconsin, who clenched the top spot for the weekend.
It seemed, however, that everyone drove away Sunday afternoon feeling victorious. UofM isn’t going to name names, but we overheard members of another team claiming they haven’t had as much fun at a regatta as they did at Big Ten since they were freshman. It’s hard to stay upset about your performance on the water when you put your accomplishments in perspective; how many college students can say they got to spend the weekend on the water with the coolest kids across the Midwest?
- Tags: college sailing, heart of the sea, loick peyron, ron howard, route du rhum, video anarchy, volvo ocean race
November 9th, 2014 by admin
Couldn’t be at the biggest sailboat show in America? Don’t fret; like all boat shows in North America; there wasn’t much to see for the average racing enthusiast. Sometime around 2008, when the economy was in full implosion, the Annapolis Show was more or less taken over by the only companies with money to spend – the big cruising manufacturers. Enthusiasts get their ‘first looks’ from the web these days while racing manufacturers tend to save their real secrets – if there are any left – for the METS, Paris, or Dusseldorf So now the show is dominated by fat, slow boats and the people who love them – especially the folks at Cruising World, who are like royalty amongst the Annapolis crowd, using the show to get all their advertisers in one place for their 2015 sales book.
While there was almost nothing actually new in Annapolis, there were still a few interesting things to see from both randoms and friends of SA. We didn’t get everything we liked – for instance, we missed the crazy Swiss guy 3-D printing models of your boat from existing CAD files (though not particularly new), and the wind didn’t cooperate either for an honest test of the MxNext or our Gunboat tests – but thanks to help from The Rev Petey, we’ve got nine videos from the show, and the best are embedded below. Don’t miss interviews about new products from Zim Sailing (high-quality dinghies built in USA), Ganz Eco Energy (tough, efficient solar panels), and SailMon (best instrument displays ever) here.
Folks tell us we have a love affair, but we don’t give a shit, because we love everything about them. Peter Johnstone has not only created an entirely new genre of high performance sailboats, he’s created a brand that is now reaching into exciting new communities with some very hot new boats. Extreme snowboarding legend Travis Rice is now cruising his Gunboat now, while dot com boomers like Carolyn and Chris Groobey and a pile of confidential Facebook veterans are easing into the new 55 series, and digital entrepreneur Rob from Vermont commissioned his new G60 with the first rotating rig on a Gunboat. They’re fit, friendly, and none of ‘em shies away from a good party. Gunboats still seem to be getting some of the older performance monohull crowd on board with the 55 as well, guys like the NYYC Commodore, for example. Things are busy in Wanchese, and we couldn’t be happier for this modern American success story.
During what was meant to be our ‘test sail’ window in Annapolis for the newly launched G55 and the Spring-launched G60, we ghosted along at 5 knots under a big furling downwind sail in a hair less of breeze, sliding up the bay on the incoming tide. So rather than shoot some uninspiring light-air sailing, we talked to Carolyn Groobey aboard Gunboat 55 #1, which she and her husband are sailing to be ready for their 55 #3, scheduled for imminent delivery. She’s a great chat and the video above is an interesting look at a part of the new generation of semi-retired cruisers.
Our staff videographer got the chance to deliver the boat to North Carolina over the weekend in 20-40 knots of breeze and hurricane-driven following swell, and we’re looking forward to some excellent delivery stuff featuring Petey himself, as well as the Groobeys, Gunboat staffer Lauren Bataille and boat captain Chris Bailet.
I admit to being a little distracted during this interview with RS Sailing’s Riki Hooker thanks to his physical and vocal resemblance to Office Space‘s Ricky Gervais. He’s funny as hell too, and very excited about the more than 400 orders RS have already taken for the 66-pound Aero. We have no idea whether it sails well (though there are plenty of first-hand reports in the forum – and remember to take everything with a grain of salt) but it looks sexy and quick, and the price compares well to anything else in the market. Learn more about it in my chat with Riki above.
3 out of 3
You know the old saying about “stronger, cheaper, lighter – you can pick two out of three”? Dave from Samson talks about how the new Warpspeed 2 manages all three in the update on one of our favorite lines.
Watch This Space
We have a hard enough time keeping track of one watch, much less two. Ronstan’s figured out a way to make something functional that looks good enough to wear to dinner. Clean gets Moondawg to explain.
There’s no question that conventional drysuits make us all look like a bit of a clown no matter how incredibly functional they are, and the PNW kiteboard guys at Ocean Rodeo have a solution. We love to see new blood in the sport, especially coming from the young, hip part of things, so check out what they’ve got.
Reel Big Fish
Challenged by Oakley at Harken, Mr. Clean stepped up to the pedestal to win the final day of the show by a whopping 18 hundredths of a second over the runner up. It’s funny because it’s true.
October 23rd, 2014 by admin
More busy times in the land of the video editor, and we’ve got 5 good ones for you to start your week off right.
Getting To Know You
It’s gratifying to see so many sailing videographers finally focusing on individual people; it’s the kind of character-building we’ve felt has been missing from the landscape for the better part of a decade. The characters are there – the sport’s full of ‘em – and this video from Ben Hartnett is an absolutely gorgeous and innovative way to get to know UK-born Aussie Olympic Finn sailor Oli Tweddell. Watch closely – it might make you a better sailor, too.
Show and Show
Olympic 470 Dutchie and longtime SA devotee Kalle Coster showed off possibly the hottest racing product at the Annapolis Boat Show to Mr. Clean and Petey; here’s a 6 minute look inside the best-looking race display on the market. Keep an eye on Penalty Box Productions’ Vimeo page for more videos from the show dropping on Tuesday morning, including our first-sail on both the Gunboat 55 and 60.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the awesomely close one-design racing we’re already seeing in the Volvo Ocean Race, but we ought never forget that they are competing on a forbidding and potentially deadly field. If there’s one thread running across all of Waterlust’s videos, it’s humility, and this VOR vid from the Waterlust team is a beautiful look at that humbling ocean. As an aside, we thank VOR TV for fixing many of the problems that plagued the in-port race during their much better race start coverage.
What A Long Strange Chip It’s Been
Petey Crawford takes a soup-to-nuts look at the breezy E-Scow Blue Chip Regatta last month on Lake Pewaukee Lake. It’s got carnage, kids, drones, and Jimmy Spithill helming one of these classic surfboards; a strong buildup to next year’s 50th anniversary Blue Chip. If you’ve been a Mystery Guest before, mark your calendars – they’ll be inviting every one of you to come along for the fun in September 2015.
Back Of The Pack
While the top boats get the prettiest videos, we love to check in with the rest of the fleet, and this video from 30th place Hyper Viper at the 34-boat Viper 640 North Americans has plenty to make you smile. Congrats to Brad Boston, Curtis Florence, and Chad Corning for the win.
October 13th, 2014 by admin
It’s been a while since we had this many good ones, and the stories to go along with them. Enjoy another edition of Video Anarchy.
Big Man in Big Boat
Jim Clark’s record-breaker 100 Comanche is just about ready to splash, and Mr. Clean walked through her last week to show you what this new VPLP/Verdier monster is all about. Wanna know what the absolute coolest part of this new boat is? Watch the video. Editing thanks to Penalty Box Productions, and a huge thanks to everyone at Hodgdon Yachts for their total openness with our bald avenger.
Big Man In Little Boat
The continuing and unnecessary mystery of the cause of Andrew Simpson’s death combined with organizers obsession with a Guinness record may have turned us off a bit on Bart’s Bash, the inaugural festival has already raised some $400,000 for an extremely worthy cause; getting more people into sailing. And thanks to AC ambassadors like Jimmy Spithill, the event itself accomplished that as well – even in the heart of the Midwest. Petey Crawford shares.
One of the best parts of last weekend was being on hand for the Bart’s Bash Opti race as the bookend to an amazing 3 days of sailing at Pewaukee Yacht Club for the E Scow Blue Chip. Local Opti kids, their parents, and some E -cow sailors were all in on a chance to get to race against Jimmy in what was a World Record event – Bart’s Bash. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, I love shooting kids (not Bang Bang but Click Click). Youth events are so much fun to shoot because the kids are always having such a great time. This outing was no different, and the smiles on the faces of the kids and adults alike were priceless. Parents with 1 and sometimes 2 kids all crammed into an Opti is a pretty cool sight for anyone with a love for sailing. Everyone had a great time and the never-ending stream of youth sailors in the autograph line was evidence that they were all stoked to race against Jimmy. I think I even caught him digging it a few times. All wrapped up was an epic regatta of action, smiles, fundraising and a bit of debauchery. Final highlight reel coming up next, with way more killer scow action, awesome aerial footage, crashes, and interviews.
Mona Lisa Overdrive
It’s partly a Vodafone publicity stunt, partly performance art, and partly a very creative way to showcase one disabled sailor’s drive, and in a sport that often lacks creativity, we salute 23-year old Lasse Klötzing and the boys behind the First Sailed Mona Lisa project. Their mission: Sail a GC-32 foiling cat through 271 waypoints on the Baltic Sea to create a GPS track of the Mona Lisa over 3 days. Klotzing will use the Vodafone 4G/LTE network for all their connectivity, and they claim the entire thing will be live streamed on their website over the same network. It all starts tomorrow morning, and we’ll be watching. Hit the movie above for the full story.
Title shout for all the cyberpunks out there.
Yvan Bourgnon is easily the baddest motherfucker in all of sailing. He’s won some of the biggest events in the sport, but it’s his ultra-extreme cat records that have kept us following him for a decade. This is the dude that sailed around Cape Horn, across the Mediterranean, and across the Atlantic alone on a beach cat, and last year he embarked on possibly the only real challenge he had left: Alone, unassisted, around the world. On a beach cat. With no electronics.
Check out the video above, and read on to learn how you can help this French cowboy finish his trip.
Around the world Yvan was stopped in Sri Lanka, but our Swiss adventurer does not want to stop there! He needs us to continue. He wants more than anything to complete his dream, up the channel of Les Sables d’Olonne after rebuilding his cat and a new beginning in Sri Lanka in January 2015. Yvan has been able to recover much of the equipment (about 1/3 of the boat), Forward Sailing will make her new sails and help fund two new hulls, which are ready to go to Europe. The rest will be rebuilt and reassembled on site in a construction site, with the strong mobilization of Sri Lankans.
But to realize this childhood dream, Yvan needs support and appealed to all lovers of catamarans. He recently set up a crowd funding campaign to allow it to revive its “Louloutte.” He must find € 40,000 budget to rehabilitate his boat.
Today we represent the last chance to Yvan to finish this round the outstanding world. It will only be through your generosity that Yvan will complete the circle. So hop on board and join this fabulous adventure -contribute here.
Caught in the Glow of the TV Screen
Above is the wholly underwhelming official Volvo Ocean Race promo clip released with yesterday’s announcement that the VOR would be hitting American TV screens, and we’re cautiously optimistic about the deal’s ability to help solve the race’s decade-old struggle to register on mainstream American radar. The deal commits NBCSN (the America’s Cup broadcast partner) and OutsideTV to air 20 hours of programming produced by Sunset + Vine on behalf of the VOR. For Americans wanting to see Alicante-sized crowds in Newport next summer, dissecting the impact of this deal is important, so let’s have a look.
OutsideTV is a nonentity in terms of viewership, though its support provides access to the millions of readers of Outside mag and OutsideOnline – a great demographic if you’re looking for new interest in sailing. Last month’s Outside showed the Abu Dhabi boat blasting around the atlantic to some 1.2 million readers.
The NBCSN deal is more complicated, because the old Versus has been remaking itself as the educated, cosmopolitan man’s sports network. Their America’s Cup broadcast adds to programming like Formula 1, Premier League, and the Tour De France, and with the US fans going increasingly global in their spectating, it’s a good spot to be in. All that being said, NBCSN is still a guppy in a very big ocean; it’s only available to a bit more than half of the US, and if you go by the numbers from the America’s Cup – doubtless a bigger draw than the VOR to Americans – the best any sailing show would be likely to get is somewhere around 150,000 viewers, in a country with around 300 million people; 0.05 percent of the population. Not inspiring.
Let’s add that to the VOR’s choice of producer; the ubiquitous Sunset + Vine. Responsible for a lot of VOR movies – especially the live racing – for the 2005 and 2008 events, their work always seemed to make extremely exciting action somewhat less so. Shirley Robertson’s CNN Mainsail show has always been reliable and watchable and full of good info, but again – it just lacks a little soul. That might work for overseas markets, but not here – remember the America’s Cup Undisclosed or whatever that 750,000-episode long series was called? Whatever it was, it failed – and badly. Whether it was because S+V underbid the series by a fortune or because they are just not that good, the awfulness of the AC Underfunded series was epic. The series never picked up any devotees and had a constantly shrinking viewership throughout its life, and if that’s the kind of product they feed to American TV, they won’t even get a tenth of what the AC got. And we don’t know who made the promo above, but it has the same scent.
But of course this is a very rapidly changing world, and the AC suffered from awful promotion and almost zero advertising when it counted; if a growing network can succeed with a shit ton of cross-platform and cross-partner promotion, and if the live racing and weekly highlight shows are reliably spectacular and engaging, this deal could open those elusive golden doors to the US public. We have heard that the deal includes a big number of tune-in promos to the race programming over the 9 months. That’s a positive, especially if they run during NHL, Premiere League or F1.
That is, if NBCSN realizes what it’s selling, and if we go by NBC Sports President of Programming Jon Miller’s statement, our optimism wanes. “NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Louis Vuitton Series and the 34th Americas Cup was a tremendous success and demonstrated the country’s strong appetite for sailing on television.” said Miller. We struggle to reconcile Miller’s statement with the fact that the final race of the ‘biggest comeback in the history of sport’ drew a rating of around 189,000 households; around what Major League Soccer games get. Does that really mean the country has a strong appetite for it?
While we sound cynical, we’re actually quite pleased; while Americans won’t soon see VOR in-port races on a major network, the new deal is a long way from the last-second FSN regional programming they had last time ’round, which wasn’t worth the dinner napkin it was written on. Is a hundred thousand or so bodies on a dying medium worth the effort when the digital avenue could garner significantly more if executed really well? That’s a whole different conversation. And we’ll be in Alicante in two weeks to have it.
Iggy Pop supplied the title.
September 26th, 2014 by admin
Monday sucks. And Tuesday is only slightly less sucky. These videos might be the cure. Today weve got high performance boats, low performance boats, crashes, flooking around, and kids – lots and lots of kids. Welcome to Video Anarchy.
A little production value can do wonders to transform some basic GoPro video into something quite beautiful, as the boys and girls from Froeter Design showcase in this video of the Chicago Mackinac aboard the Beneteau Chief.
You’ve seen the scores of young Anarchists (and these kids have been SA junkies since about kindergarden) Ian and Nicolas representin’ enroute to their US Youth Nationals. Here’s the movie. Turn down the music unless you’re nostalgic for your dentists’ soundtrack…and here’s an audio interview with the nippers.
Swedish Bikini Team
The ‘new age’ of video storytelling has slowly crept into the top end of sailing, with producers (and those who pay them) finally understanding what we’ve been screaming about for years: You have to put the audience right there in the trenches with the subject or you’re just wasting your time. We’ve seen plenty of nasty pictures come out of the Brazil test event, but for many Olympic hopefuls – those without the runs, at least – it was an amazing adventure in one of the world’s most exciting countries. Above is a look at the beauty and skill of the Swedish team, and no dirty water. Thanks to Swedish mothy Magnus Gravare for the heads up.
Joie De Vivre
Another essential aspect of video storytelling is about charisma; the camera loves those who have it. Example? This excellent Team GBR/Volvo Cars-sponsored Rio Test video from our old friends Richard Langdon nd Rachel Jesperson, focusing on always-smiling and ultra-charismatic silver medallist Luke Patience. Also starring in this one are his excellent Aberdeen accent and a couple of Nacra 17 sailors. Have a look at two more charismatic intros from the same team over here.
Brilliant, stupid, or a hoax? You decide.
- Tags: America's Cup, anchor, Chicago, cmrc, gear anarchy, mackinac, Match Racing, Neptune Racing, Olympics, video anarchy
August 26th, 2014 by admin
Whenever we get videos piling up in the back rooms of Sailing Anarchy , we purge them with an installment of Video Anarchy, and this one is a doozie. Check it.
Though the work list is massive for the September launch of the first new Supermaxi the world has seen since Alex Jackson’s Speedboat, we’re told things are more or less on schedule for Jim Clark’s Comanche (née New Cubed). The fact that photog-to-the-NPT-mafia Onne Van Der Wahl is already making videos of the boat tells us Ken Read and friends are confident that the VPLP/Verdier monster will be ready for her trip to Sydney with (a tiny amount of) time to spare. This little sneak peak, which shows virtually nothing, is courtesy not of Onne but of his editing team at Death Cookie, and it sort of reveals a boat that’s fairly conventional in thinking; evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and perfect to go up against 10+ year old designs that have had it all to themselves for the past decade.
Named for the French sailor known to the British Navy as “Admiral Satan”, the Trophée Bailli de Suffren is the only event of its kind; a 600 NM race/rally from one beautiful Mediterranean port to another, for Classics only. And while they invariably sail like the ancient pigs they are, they sure are pretty, as this very beautifully produced movie shows off quite well.
Youth of Today?
You’ve got billionaire-funded kids teams, 44-foot carbon yachts, Russian oligarchs, feuding ex-America’s Cup teammates; as much drama as you can handle. And with all that, they still can’t make an RC44 look cooler than what it is – a tiny version of the piggy IACC yachts. Hey – at least they have live blogging at their Worlds! Here’s a look at the Gazprom Youth team, who we assume won’t be sailing any US regattas for a while…
Youth of Tomorrow
It’s not often that a kids’ regatta gets video production by someone as good as our own “The Rev Petey”, but he was on hand last month for the light-air ILYA X Scow regatta in Gull Lake, MN. It’s long, but watching the smiles on these kids’ faces should give you smiles of your own, and even some optimism about the future of the sport in the Midwest.
Heavy Air Wizards
While the British media were freaking out over a storm-swept dinghy regatta in Ireland, 60 of the world’s prettiest classic dinghies were battling for their UK National Champs (and still are). Check out the Merlin Rockets sailing in 10-35 knots of Hurricane Bertha remnants…though with storms, rain, sun, breeze, and a near gale, it looks like a typical day in Cornwall to us. But hey – no fog!
While we love TP52s and think they are the best thing to happen to big boats over the past decade, we’ve been unimpressed by the 52SuperSeries – the group that’s been trying (and failing) to regain the glory of the Audi MedCup days for a couple of years now. They seem to have some sponsors, but let’s be frank: It’s become yet another ultra-wealthy fun-fest for owner/drivers; like the RC44, but for boats that aren’t nearly so dumb. So why have they had to work so incredibly hard just to get 5-7 boats on their starting lines? Maybe it’s because the people behind the PR and marketing wheel suck at it?
Above is an example from last week; it’s clearly an introduction to a contest to sail aboard a TP52 during a SuperSeries event, and it’s clear the SuperSeries folks are trying to run the contest, even though they are using Ed Baird as a spokesman, and Quantum’s video footage. But what’s not clear since the video went up is what the contest is, how you enter it, or who it’s for, other than that it says “Facebook” on the title, along with the word “Competion”, whatever the hell that means. A long search through the lonely SuperSeries’ Facebook Page reveals that “Closing date for entries is 31 August, 2014 get your entries in!”, but that’s about it, and our e-mails to the Series’ PR people went unanswered. So good luck winning the contest, and don’t be surprised to see SuperSeries sponsors walk away at the the end of the year just as Audi did when the organizers fucked that one up. Why is it so hard to be even a little bit competent at this shit?
- Tags: video anarchy
August 14th, 2014 by admin
It’s another installment of Video Anarchy, brought to you by our foiling friends at The Great Cup.
Vamos A La Playa
As US772 told you last week in his report from the Dirtboat Worlds, Nevada’s stark desert is one of the most visually impressive places to sail imaginable, and the unique piece of American geography provides a gorgeous backdrop to this video showing just what landsailing is all about. Shots of the Smith Creek Playa are best in HD on a big screen, and hit this link for some drone aerials during one of the event’s crazy dust storms. And if you want a look at just how scary Latino music was in 1983 (and the inspiration for the title), hit this link.
RORC To The Rescue
Yeah, there are a lot of idiotic looking blazers. And yeah, maybe the pole-back, supper-table IRC boats are the antithesis of what Sailing Anarchy is all about. But we’re stoked to see an American with the quickest boat in the fleet help Team Ireland crush the rest of Europe, and we’re even more glad to see historical events like the Comedy Cup saved from extinction. With their biggest fleet in a while, it looks like the RORC is on the right track…check out more here.
While Team Oracle’s management continues to make the team, the country, and the sport look shady, the actual sailors seem to be having a blast. Have a look at this hilarious short from OTUSA racers during their Moth Camp in Lake Macquarie about a naked Jimmy Spithill’s hygiene during his Sports Illustrated photo shoot. Thread here, and a slightly more serious Oracle moth training video here.
Back Then, Again
Your wildly approving clicks and comments from the ’83 SORC inspired us to give you more, and thanks to the Aussie RB Sailing Blog, we’ve got it. The hour-long video comes from the 1982 Hawaii Clipper Cup, and includes not only the historic Americans like Kialoa, but also the big Aussie names in SORC racing. Enjoy it, and get over to the Video SORC thread to chat with other old bastards who remember it, too. Big thanks to original SA’er “SPORTSCAR” for the heads-up.
Ashes To Ashes
Some odd decisions and shitty conditions meant that, despite the 2014 Moth Worlds pulling in the biggest fleet in the Class’s history, the event went by somewhat unnoticed by the larger yachting community. We just couldn’t get excited by the two-fleet format, racing peppered with abandonments and postponements and sail measurement issues, or the fact that, with the ’13 World Champ, the majority of the expected ‘AC Mothies’, and nearly every US sailor opting to blow off a trip to the UK South Coast, the competition wasn’t really what we’ve become used to.
Add to that the organizers’ total fuckup with the media; they chose to use a UK sailing publication for all of their media work – something we normally applaud because it usually means good, professional content. But in this case, that sailing publication branded everything from the Moth Worlds with their own magazine’s logo, virtually guaranteeing the majority of the sailing media would ignore it. It may be petty, but it’s also the basic common sense: If you depend on the media to maximize exposure for the health of your class and the satisfaction of your sponsors, it’s a good idea not to ostracize them with an exclusive publication partner – unless your media partner is bigger than everyone else, or writes you a huge check…neither of which happened last week in Hayling Island.
Fortunately, the English got their hands handed to them both by Nathan Outteridge, who wins his second Moth World title, and by the Aussies, who took the all-important Ashes trophy in the team competition between Ol’ Blighty and Oz.
We congratulate Nathan, and above is a look at what the Ashes is all about from Beau Outteridge. And mark your calendars for early 2015, when a massive fleet, including many of the names who sat out the ’14 event, will descend on Sorrento, Australia to battle for perhaps the most important title in performance dinghy sailing.
July 30th, 2014 by admin