The other day, we told you that our live On-The-Water Anarchy broadcasts have built a dedicated following of desk-bound and otherwise bored sailors who simply love watching our entertaining coverage of live sailboat racing. Starting tomorrow, we’ll have a chance to see just how much when we give you a Sailing Anarchy first: TWO On-The-Water Anarchy broadcasts on the same weekend.
On Friday and Sunday, Mer and Clean will bring you live sportboat racing from off Newport, Rhode Island, when the Melges 24 Nationals and the Melges 32 New England Champs take place on one course. From Clean:
"This is going to be a new one for us – it’s the first time there have been more M32s (15) than M24s at the same regatta. Thanks to the US Melges 24 Class Association, Layline, Latis Yachting Solutions, and Malcom Gefter’s Celeritas, we’ll have the big Canon running live all day on Friday and Sunday, with Mer’s expert sportboat eye pulling and posting the best pics around, along with some exceptional interviews both on land and on the water. Despite having a pretty sad fleet size, it should be a blast to watch, with a lot of interesting sailors having a great chance at a top result. It’s Anarchy Central, with Alan Field and the mini-hippy being the favorites on WTF, while sportboat anarchists like Simon Strauss, Steve Kopf, Cary Siegler, and Nick Amendola will be smiling for the cameras and making it fun for you guys back home.
"The 32s have many of the world’s top teams, and the big questions are whether Piet Taselaar and the Wilmot boys have dialed in their new boat and can step back into their winner hats, and whether Jeff Ecklund and Harry Melges can put the glimmer back in the underperforming Star as Worlds in San Francisco edges ever closer. From our point of view, this is some of the most enjoyable stuff to broadcast; the mark roundings are exciting, the characters are well-known to the sailing world and intimate with SA, the boats are dead sexy, and the sailor chicks are more so.
"Now that the interwebs and our own kit are more-or-less up to the task of putting out a consistently good feed, we hope you check it on Friday and Sunday starting at 1100 EST/0700 PST at the OTWA channel. Event website with entry lists, courses, and so on is here.
And Saturday and Sunday, thanks to Surf City Catamarans, Jeremy Leonard will begin his OTW Anarchy trial by fire during the first true F-18 cat West Coast Championships in breezy San Francisco, streamed live from the St.FYC lawn with a juicy zoom lens and the full OTWA broadcast package. Like Clean with the sportboats, JC knows all these boys and girls, and if he can keep it entertaining, he’ll earn the right to be the Producer of the new On-The-Water Anarchy West channel. From Jeremy:
We’ve been supporting sailing events here in the Western U.S. for almost ten years now. At any point, if we hitch up the Surf City Skiff, we have enough gear in the truck to run a regatta. We have helped organize hundreds of sailing events, and have gotten a ton of people onto the water in the process. We mostly focus on small, fast multihulls, because they’re fun to sail, and entertaining to watch; but we’ll sail anything. As far as taking the next step in promoting sailing, we think Clean is onto something with the very popular OTWA. The live feeds from remote beaches and the decks of chase boats all over the place add a new and interesting perspective. According to the number of views of the GT300 coverage, you were into it too! The coverage is unique, and it’s accessible to the masses at a relatively low cost to produce. The best part, it’s entertaining!
Surf City is happy to join the On The Water Anarchy team and will produce our first live feed from the lawn at the StFYC this weekend. We’ll cut our teeth on something that we know well, F18s. Sailors from Canada to the Mexican border will bring some whoopass to the West Coast F18 Championships, which will give bragging rights to the best F18 sailors on the Left Coast.
We’ll start our feed Saturday morning around 10am in an effort to get all of the bugs worked out; there are a ton of variables. Our truck looks like the cockpit of a 5o5 with all of the cables and gear, so getting it sorted is going to be a challenge. By afternoon, around 4pm on Sat, we hope to launch into some interviews with well-known F18 sailors Pete Melvin, Greg Thomas, Jacques Bernier and the rest of the crew. We have several F18 North American pioneers scheduled to tip a pint and talk some trash. Hopefully we’ll get special guests James and Cody from Furthur Ocean Racing to field a few questions. Come join the antics on the new West Coast Anarchy Justin.tv channel. Jump into the chat, heckle, or ask a question. See you Saturday, and check the thread for the latest info.
Team Furthur link: http://2010dhpacificcup.blogspot.com/
F18 class link: http://www.naf18.com/wordpress/