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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.
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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?
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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