Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

a-solitary-sea-rover:

On October 22 at 1200 UTC, the longest endurance race in the world begins, the Volvo Ocean Race. Libby Greenhalgh, who was navigator for Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition, shares insight as the seven teams prepare for this eight month challenge.

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Annalise Murphy on Twitter

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Annalise Murphy on Twitter:

tfw one sail on your new boat weighs more than your whole last boat. 😜

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jaeschkethomas:Martine Grael aka RAINHA DOS OCEANOS…

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

jaeschkethomas:

Martine Grael aka RAINHA DOS OCEANOS
#martinegrael #teamakzonobel #volvooceanrace #brazil #brasil #rio2016 #goldmedalist #photooftheday #happy #girlpower

Someone on the SA forums the other day commented that she probably had an “in” making the team because of who her dad is. To which someone else replied that she didn’t need an “in” and also wtf is wrong with you? Which pretty much sums up the SA forums.

She’s a world champion and Olympic gold medalist. And yeah, she’s also a *second-generation* gold medalist, but you have to be a particular kind of dense to think that’s how she got her ride.

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karro6ped:#volvooceanrace

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

karro6ped:

#volvooceanrace

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PenguinTeenAus on Twitter: “Today is #DayoftheGirl! We’re thrilled to be publishing Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Aust Women https://t.co/VSzHdVT3vy https://t.co/Zxs7xuivpN”

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

PenguinTeenAus on Twitter: “Today is #DayoftheGirl! We’re thrilled to be publishing Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Aust Women https://t.co/VSzHdVT3vy https://t.co/Zxs7xuivpN”:

sylvia-morris:

This! This book here! I did some pictures for it!

This is going to be the coolest thing.

Closer…

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a-solitary-sea-rover: lies: I haven’t been obsessing publicly…

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

a-solitary-sea-rover:

lies:

I haven’t been obsessing publicly over it, but the Volvo boats just had another non-scoring pre-race race (the “Prologue”, not to be confused with the previously completed “Leg 0”). This race was from Lisbon, Portugal to Alicante, Spain.* Basically it’s a preview of the upcoming Leg 1, except sailed in reverse.

There were light winds nearly the whole way, with just a bit of a breeze as they entered the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar. MAPFRE got an early lead and never gave it up, and at one point they and Brunel extended by going inside and picking up a land breeze while the other five boats stayed parked offshore.  After that it was a match race between those two boats.

I love this video of them crossing the finish line. Things I love about it:

  • How low-key they all are. This was a really slow, intense, difficult race, and they’re all exhausted. But it’s the good kind of exhausted. 🙂
  • My unproblematic fave Sophie.
  • Speaking of low-key: Check out how on-board reporter Jen Edney (the only woman among the OBRs) included a shot of Xabi talking about the race that just happens to include Támara Echegoyen in the background hiking up her foulies after (one assumes) peeing off the stern. It’s just a little thing. But the more I think about it the more cool I think it is. You want an example of real equality? This is what it looks like.

Ten days until the race proper starts. Closer…

¡Vamos MAPFRE!

* Technically they ended the race early, at Cabo de Gata, due to the light winds. Now they’re all motoring to Alicante.

I just noticed Xabi and Pablo have their first names on their shirts while the others have their last names.

I wondered if that was due to length of the names (i.e., not having room to stencil the whole last name). If you order all of them by length you get:

  • Cuervas-Mons (12)
  • Greenhalgh (10)
  • Echegoyen (9)
  • Fernández (9)
  • McDonald (8)
  • Altadill (8)
  • Sinclair (8)
  • Arrarte (7)
  • Ciszek (6)
  • Tuke (4)
  • Vila (4)

So that doesn’t support my name-length theory very well. Maybe it’s just a personal preference thing, and speaks more to a low-key approach to leadership that Xabi and Pablo have? Rob is listed as the other watch captain, and his should have his first name under either theory, but I think his say “Greenhalgh.” So who knows?

I’m guessing it falls into the “not important enough to have a policy” category. And like having Sophie and Támara working the grinders and moving the stack (and casually peeing off the stern on-camera) alongside the rest of the crew, I just really like the casual vibe that comes across about what it’s like aboard their boat.

It’s easy to look relaxed when you’re winning, and it will be interesting to see if the mood on the boat changes when they face more adversity (like MAPFRE did on Leg 1 in the 2014/15 race). Whatever system they have for determining what is and isn’t important enough to worry about, though, it seems to be working so far. 🙂

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‘This is just the start’

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

‘This is just the start’:

a-solitary-sea-rover:

A five-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran and passionate ocean conservationist, there isn’t much Irish sailor Damian Foxall hasn’t done when it comes to sailing.

Having won the trophy in 2011-12 with Groupama, he jumped onboard Dongfeng for the latter stages of 2014-15 – and races with Vestas 11th Hour Racing in 2017-18.

His mission? To help the team – led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill – to make a big impact both on and off the water. The campaign aims to lead sustainability through the Volvo Ocean Race, and part of that saw 11th Hour Racing facilitate a race-wide Sustainability Training day in Lisbon, which was attended by over 100 sailors, shore crew, stakeholders and industry experts.

Hi Damian! The Sustainability Training was a great event and a unique thing to see an entire sports organisation come together in this way with one goal. You must be really encouraged by the way that this has been embraced across the board…

Absolutely, and this is just the start. One of the girls from our team said it really well – we’re here to do our very best to win the Volvo Ocean Race, and also here to be the most sustainable team in the event. As well as doing all of that, we want to do something that is much bigger than this event, or the sport, and genuinely leave a legacy, and an event like today’s is a great start. We have a worldwide platform and we’re privileged to interact with. What a super opportunity.

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Race Experts on Twitter

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Race Experts on Twitter:

Closer…

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Closer…

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Closer…

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agentkarnstein: I saw @shipwreckedcomedy​ ‘s short film ‘The…

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

agentkarnstein:

I saw @shipwreckedcomedy​ ‘s short film ‘The Case of the Gilded Lily’ at Buffer Festival yesterday and it was everything I wanted and more 

I even got to say hi to Shipwrecked which was amazing, although unfortunately I wasn’t able to give them the physical version of this (bc it didn’t exist yet oops)

but yes it was so good I can’t wait until it gets released ahhhh *flails* 

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koltarmi: The Case of the Gilded Lily, as expected, was…

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

koltarmi:

The Case of the Gilded Lily, as expected, was great!

Extremely happy for you and for us all. (Also slightly envious. But that will pass.)

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thalassarche:Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) – photo by…

Friday, September 29th, 2017

thalassarche:

Cinnamon Teal

(Spatula cyanoptera) – photo by Matthew Studebaker

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shipwreckedcomedy: Some production stills from The Case of the…

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

shipwreckedcomedy:

Some production stills from The Case of the Gilded Lily, premiering in one week at Buffer Festival

The Case of the Gilded Lily coming soon to Shipwrecked Comedy!

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OMG guys. It’s totally gonna happen. 😍

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

OMG guys. It’s totally gonna happen. 😍

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lulabo: erinwert: Hey guys, a TON of my friends are involved with a proposed show that has 4 days…

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

lulabo:

erinwert:

Hey guys, a TON of my friends are involved with a proposed show that has 4 days left to reach it’s goal, and I’m pretty intrigued by the concept. They describe it better than I could, so from the kickstarter description:

The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is a 10 episode webseries inspired by the podcasts Serial and S-Town, crossed with the game One Night Ultimate Werewolf, peppered with the surreal comedy of Pushing Daisies and Twin Peaks. Wayward Guide will feature the absurd and larger-than-life comedy that you’ve come to love from the Tin Can Brothers, but won’t be shy when tugging at your heartstrings.

Additionally, as a companion piece to the show, we will be bringing on a specialized sound design team to help us produce the complete 10 episode in-world podcast that Artemis & Paul are making in Wayward Guide. This supplemental material will be released in conjunction with the series and exist parallel to the story, offering new insight into the mystery of Connor Creek and its quirky residents.

You can watch the teaser scene/concept video and support it here. I’ve been asking people to consider donating the price of a movie ticket if it sounds like something they would want to watch when it’s out… It should be really cool to have the story told from two different angles, and this is a solid group of people, and includes some big names like Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Carlos Valdes (from the Flash), and Darren Criss (Broadway, Glee, etc.)

Most of the cast from Shipwrecked Comedy’s Poe Party (A bunch of authors at a dinner party, it’s hilarious and cool and up for a ton of IAWTV awards right now) are in it, as well as a ton of people from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which is, no lie, why I live in LA), so I feel very invested in seeing them hit their goal. Also, these are all just fun things to watch if you’re looking to kill some time on youtube!

Check out all these beautiful faces!!!

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So, would you consider donating $15 to this campaign in their last few days? Think of it as an advanced ticket to 20 episodes of content!

guys, they need $10k in 3 days–look at all these awesome faces and how much bang for your buck you’ll get!

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I’m on the record as being a non-fan of the “2-minute music…

Monday, September 18th, 2017

I’m on the record as being a non-fan of the “2-minute music video” approach to Volvo Ocean Race media. But this is an exception. I really like this one.

It turns out what I dislike is bad 2-minute music videos. (Okay and also, not being able to figure out what’s going on because the action has been cut up too much to watch what is, you know, an actual sport.) But this one isn’t like that.

The race village in Alicante, Spain opens on October 11. The first in-port race will be on October 14. And the first ocean leg (a relatively quick dash out the Mediterranean to Lisbon, Portugal) starts on October 22.

Closer…

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shipwreckedcomedy: Shipwrecked Comedy is proud to present “A…

Monday, September 18th, 2017

shipwreckedcomedy:

Shipwrecked Comedy is proud to present “A Change of Scene” from The Case of the Gilded Lily written by Dylan Glatthorn and performed by Mary Kate Wiles.

We are so excited to share this little bit of our new project, The Case of the Gilded Lily, with you. The full short premieres at Buffer Festival in less than two weeks, and we can’t wait! We’re also thrilled to announce that we’ve added some Gilded Lily merch to our store, in case you want to show up to the premiere in style. And you can buy “A Change of Scene” on iTunes and Bandcamp! Turn your very own living room into Bixby’s Lounge.

The Case of the Gilded Lily coming soon to Shipwrecked Comedy!

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Everything you need to know about the Assembly Period

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Everything you need to know about the Assembly Period:

a-solitary-sea-rover:

You might have noticed that the Volvo Ocean Race teams have been chalking up plenty of miles recently. Well, with the Assembly Period starting on Monday 18 September, it’s their last chance to get to grips with the boat for a couple of weeks.

So what is an Assembly Period, and why do we need it? It’s a mandatory part of the pre-race preparation, when all teams must report to the Boatyard facility in Lisbon, Portugal, so their boats can be lifted out of the water and given a final once over before the start of another ocean marathon.

[Blatant but amusing product placement that you can see for yourself at the link]

With nearly 9,000 nautical miles until the next big service in Cape Town, the Boatyard will do a lot more than just kick the tyres. The masts will all come out to be scanned by non-destructive testing specialists to confirm that the challenging Leg Zero racing didn’t leave any lasting effects.

To guarantee the best level of service the Boatyard uses the original manufacturers to maintain the equipment on the Volvo Ocean 65s. 

In short, the Boatyard becomes a dusty, oily version of the United Nations and the core staff jumps from 20 to 55 during the intensive maintenance periods.

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shipwreckedcomedy:This Monday, get ready for A Change of Scene,…

Friday, September 15th, 2017

shipwreckedcomedy:

This Monday, get ready for A Change of Scene, an original song by Dylan Glatthorn performed by Mary Kate Wiles from The Case of the Gilded Lily.

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Oh wow oh wow oh wow. I’ve been a fan of Annalise since…

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Oh wow oh wow oh wow. I’ve been a fan of Annalise since her incredible (ultimately, kind of heart-breaking) performance at the London Olympics in 2012, and then through her silver medal in Rio. She’s awesome! I’m so excited to get the chance to see her race the Volvo.

I now have three favorite teams. 😀 (Eh, technically I was already a fan of Dee and TTToP. But now they’re right up at the top of the list with MAPFRE and Dongfeng.)

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