Bet­ter re­port­ing from Volvo Ocean Race

Boating NZ - - On Watch -

THE 2017-18 VOLVO Ocean Race is rein­vent­ing its On­board Re­porter (OBR) pro­gramme to tell more of the raw story than ever be­fore – with the race cre­at­ing a squad of mul­ti­me­dia re­porters able to work across the fleet rather than be­ing at­tached to in­di­vid­ual teams.

The team of 10-12 re­porters will be more fluid and flex­i­ble, po­ten­tially be­ing able to em­bed within teams on a leg-by-leg ba­sis in­stead of sign­ing on with one team for the whole race as be­fore.

“This will also help with what is a dif­fi­cult task – bal­anc­ing in­tegrity and ac­quir­ing suf­fi­cient trust of the sailors,” says Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner. “It’s like a war re­porter jump­ing into the front line with the sol­diers. Their job is to tell the team’s story in as raw a way as pos­si­ble.”

Volvo Ocean Race’s Head of TV, Leon Sefton, be­lieves the abil­ity to ro­tate the OBRS will pro­vide a cru­cial dis­tance be­tween the teams and the OBRS that will bet­ter en­able them to prop­erly per­form the role of ob­ser­va­tional jour­nal­ist.

The Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats are ef­fec­tively mo­bile dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties, op­er­at­ing with state-of-the-art satel­lite hard­ware and ser­vices sup­plied by Cob­ham SATCOM and In­marsat.

As part of a re­fit process cur­rently un­der­way at the race’s boat­yard fa­cil­ity in Lis­bon, all Volvo Ocean 65s are gain­ing two new fixed cam­era an­gles, tak­ing the to­tal to six po­si­tions across the boat.

Each On­board Re­porter has ad­di­tional ac­cess to night vi­sion and ac­tion cam­eras, while drone and 360o cam­eras will also be in reg­u­lar use across the fleet.

This tech­nol­ogy al­lows the OBRS to go live from any­where on the planet, at any time, trans­mit­ting the real story from the boats. As soon as it’s sent, you’ll see it.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.