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Volvo Onboard Reporters ready for toughest job in sports media

The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters to tell the story of the toughest test of a team in professional sport.

Although dubbed ‘the toughest job in sports media’, the Onboard Reporter is a position that’s unique to sailing’s iconic race around the world.

And almost 10,000 candidates from 126 countries flooded the campaign website to discover how to join the next batch of elite reporters.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the only professional sporting event to feature dedicated multimedia reporters embedded with the teams, and given unique access to cover every aspect of the event, round the clock, directly from the field of play.

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Two Onboard Reporters – Brian Carlin (Ireland) and Sam Greenfield (United States) – return to the Race after making their debuts in 2014-15.

They are joined by Jen Edney (United States), who was recently named as one of ‘Nine Female Adventure Photographers Who Push the Limits’ by National Geographic.

French shooters Martin Keruzoré and Jeremie Lecaudey, and Richard Edwards and Konrad Frost, Britons who honed their onboard skills in the Clipper Race;

Spanish media man Ugo Fonollá and BBC journalist Tom Martienssen (Britain), who served as a gunner in the British Royal Air Force, and has reported live from Mount Everest.

Accomplished natural history documentary filmmaker James Blake (New Zealand/Britain), who has worked with the likes of the BBC and Discovery and is the son of Volvo Ocean Race winner Sir Peter Blake, completes the squad,

They have already clocked up thousands of offshore miles in preparation for the next edition, beginning 22 October 2017.

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To push content from the world’s oceans to race fans takes some serious technology. Every boat is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, remote-control cameras, microphones and custom-designed media stations.

The Inmarsat satellite network coupled with communications hardware from Cobham powers the delivery of multimedia content from each of the super-charged 65-foot racing boats while at sea.

With the next edition drawing closer, the whole fleet is en route to Gosport, UK, where they will make preparations for the Leg Zero qualifying races.

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