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Posts Tagged ‘volvo ocean race’

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Only boatbuilders understand the miracle that was the just what a miracle the rebuild of Team Vestas Wind was, and with the blue boat’s exit from Persico Marine, one of the fastest racing yacht builds in history is now complete.   TVW is on the road bound for Portugal, and we’ll have updates as soon as we get them.  Beautiful video of the early release of the Vestas here.  Brian Carlin photo with more here. Share thoughts in the thread.

May 23rd, 2015 by admin

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“The best Volvo Ocean Race stopover I’ve ever been to,” said one 10 year VOR veteran.

“Way, way better than anything AC34 did in San Fran,” said a former ACEA staffer.

“The best crowd I’ve seen at an American sailing event since the 12 meter days in Newport, and maybe even bigger than those days,” said one lifelong pro racer and Newport denizen.

SA’s final report on the regatta that returned America’s credibility to top-end racing is waiting for the final numbers from Sail Newport and VOR, but the above quotes sum it all up, and the summary is simple: Newport, Rhodey, the Northeast, and America got together and finally showed up for a sailboat race, and no one who was there will ever forget it.

We’ll have much more for you soon, but if you were there, pat yourself on the back.  You are the reason the VOR will be back, and you may have helped secure American funding for a real US team in the next one.

Our final video from the Sailing Anarchy/Sperry World Tour is more about the sailing lifestyle and the future of the sport than it is about any racing that happened in Newport.  Those things are far more important, and we hope you enjoy this film from Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions.  Thanks to Sperry for supporting our coverage; if you like it and you want to see more, tell ‘em on Facebook.

 

May 22nd, 2015 by admin

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You’ve got 40 minutes left before the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Spend the next 15 getting the very latest news from Mr. Clean’s Dock Walk, finished just minutes ago in a full frenzied Newport.

May 17th, 2015 by admin

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If you’re getting tired of Volvo Ocean Race videos, you’ll probably want to look away.  But if you like straight talk from the leaders of the race about some very serious and some not-so-serious topics, spend another hour with Clean, Nic, Charles Caudrelier, Ian Walker, and Mark Turner and watch this show.

 

May 16th, 2015 by admin

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MAPFRE wins the In-Port Race and then hits the bricks as they wave to the tens of thousands of spectators at Fort Adams.  Soundtrack courtesy of Team Vestas Wind.  UPDATE: MAPFRE diver is down prepping ‘a few scratches’ for underwater epoxy.  No hauling allowed without a penalty, no big worries until the repair falls off!

UPDATE 2: Knut said that the Spanish team can haul and repair, but team spokesperson Helena Paz says that it will not be necessary, as the damage is minor.  A happ-ish ending after MAPFRE’s first In-Port victory of the VOR.

 

 

May 16th, 2015 by admin

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Don’t even think about watching the Newport in-port race without getting the last-minute goss from Clean and the team.  Here’s yet another excellent Dock Walk at the VOR dockout, brought to you by our friends at Sperry.

May 16th, 2015 by admin

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With the Race Village registering just under 100,000 bodies through the gate as of Saturday noon, Newport has now doubled the numbers of every other VOR stopover in the modern era.  With a nice 12-15 knot sea breeze, the weather is showing off too, and the silver-tonghed Kenny Read will be joining Knut, Nico, and Nialls in the commentary chair for today’s In-Port Race.  Watch it live above.

 

May 16th, 2015 by admin

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Clean Report

Opinion amongst Volvo vets is unanimous that Newport is light years beyond any of the recent US Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in every way, and we’re extremely glad we’re here to be part of it this week thanks to our friends at Sperry and the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard.

With so much staff coverage available from the teams and VOR media, we wanted to give you something different this week, and today at 1130 PST/1430 EST/1830 UTC, we’re bringing you Sailing Anarchy’s first-ever live, two-camera talk show from the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard – in front of a live audience!  We haven’t skimped on guests, either, and since we’ve been wanting to sit down with the leaders of Team SCA for some time now, we asked, and they thankfully agreed!  Team CEO Richard Brisius, Performance Director Brad Jackson, and the afterguard of Dee, Sam, and Sally will sit down with co-host Nic Douglass and me for an hour-long chat about everything VOR.  We want to know all about their race, and all about them.  What’s the future look like for Team SCA, and what does their race mean for their careers, for their fans, for their families, for their sponsors…

You’ve already given us some great questions; please head over to the thread and post more, or hit us up on Twitter and use the hashtag @asksailinganarchy if you want yours answered today; the best three questions win Team SCA t-shirts, but you only have a couple hours to get ‘em in.  Wanna learn more about the girls?  Check out the brand new well-produced reality series No Ordinary Women.  We’ve enjoyed the first two episodes, and we think you will too.  And don’t fret if you miss our show today; it will be archived for your pleasure here.

And if you have questions for VOR CEO Knut Frostad, Boatyard Director Nick Bice, the two guys tussling for the race lead; Ian Walker and Charles Caudrelier, or Vestas skipper Chris Nicholson, get those questions in too; we’re recording their show tonight for publication tomorrow morning at around 1000 EST.

Nic’s been doing a great job getting interviews with all the boys and girls; head over to her channel here for a stack of interviews that go far beyond the usual tripe.  And be sure to keep an eye on SA Twitter and Facebook for many more face-to-faces coming up this weekend, especially for the last-minute pre-race Dock Walk video posted to our page, 20 minutes after dock out for the In-Port Race and Leg Start.

 

May 15th, 2015 by admin

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The 2015 Sailing Anarchy/Sperry World Tour takes us to Newport, RI this week, along with a hundred thousand of our closest friends, and videographer Petey Crawford caught this shot of Mr. Clean trying to ‘fit in’ with other New England sporting traditions.

But poking fun at Patriot superfans is only part of the reason we’re here; The US stop is traditionally the point in the race where the next edition’s details start to solidify, and we’re here to dig up all that information. We’re also here to bring you two full hours of live TV talk shows from the VOR’s Boatyard; the first will present Sam, Dee and Sally from Team SCA, along with performance coach Brad Jackson and CEO Richard Brisius.  There are tough questions to answer, and kudos to these guys and gals for stepping up to answer them live, with big thanks to Nic Douglass for helping out as co-host alongside Clean.  You can watch it all happen tomorrow, right here on the front page, from 1430 local time.

Ask questions for the girls in the Newport stopover thread or send them in via Twitter with the hashtag #asksailinganarchy.  Best three questions win Team SCA t-shirts.

May 14th, 2015 by admin

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UPDATE: Dongfeng wins by 3 minutes!

With just a few miles to go to Newport, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are so close to Dongfeng that the tracker can’t discern one boat from another. Part of that is the crappy tracker, and part is the incredibly tight competition after two weeks of racing from Brazil; less than half a mile separates the top two boats, with another 6 back to Brunel.

If you’re in the area, get to the marinas and find a boat to go out and see just how close they are to the lead; if not, click here and watch the photo finish live in a couple of hours.  The Sperry/Sailing Anarchy media crew arrives next week; we don’t know what we’re bringing you yet, but we know it’ll be better than anything else you find about the VOR…

 

May 6th, 2015 by admin

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