The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report continues with the big day:
Don’t screw around, ladies and gents; there’s one thing to watch this fall if you love yacht racing or extreme sports, and it begins today! Get primed by learning about the history of the full fleet here, scroll down for Clean and Ryan’s excellent dock walk/form guide of the entire fleet, and click on the player above for the live dockout show beginning at 0800 local time and running through the pre-start at 1-ish. Not sure why Vendee Globe TV can’t use the same player for both parts like everyone else (but then again the French don’t play that well with YT).
We didn’t do anything like our coverage four years ago, when we spent two weeks interviewing literally dozens of sailors, shore crew, and event staff. Thanks to the evolution of the internet and event media, a thousand percent increase in english-language coverage from the 2012 event to now, and the fact that the skippers are all in ‘bullshit the media’ mode right now, it ain’t necessary. We’ll grab them in a week or three when they can start keeping it real, away from phones, tv producers, and all the dangers of the land. For all the team links, click here.
One interview we did grab was one of our sentimental favorite skippers: Nandor’s Spirit of Hungary. Maybe it’s his perseverance in the face of almost constant problems over the past couple of years, or maybe it’s because he gets to do the ultimate sailing race with his daughters and wife as his shore crew, or maybe the idea of building your own boat for a race this tough appeals to us – either way, check it out here. And if that’s too serious for you, get a load of Mr. Clean trying on Alex Thomson’s ‘Pavlok’ shocking alarm watch and shrieking like a little girl – or at least the bald grizzly bear version of one. Thread remains here and it’s getting updated by multiple Anarchists on site, and check back this evening for the VPLP Podcast – fascinating – and more video work from Clean and his invisible team. For more details on the broadcast coverage in your area, go here.
Enjoy, and a big thanks to MUSTO and Torqeedo for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month. Also thanks to Bruce Schwab and Ocean Planet Energy for their support of our coverage.