Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Jun-Jul 2015
aperture 033 shot out here?’ then you shoot and something new happens and you think ‘Alright, another one down!’ then think the same thing all over again on day 101.” For her part, halloran says maintaining the distance of an Obr and capturing the experience as if observing is the major challenge, particularly when you’re being tossed around and facing the same conditions as the sailing crew. “imbedded reporting is a very interesting experience. You experience the same emotions of excitement and frustrations as your subjects but you still have to ask the tough questions. i’d like to think i’m getting better at that distance. i’d also like to think i’ve become a better writer, photographer, and videographer because i’m doing it every single day.” in contrast with the sailors’ four- hour shifts, halloran has her own routine, equally taxing. “they live by four hours on, four hours off, whereas i’m more dictated by the sun, even then it’s by the UtC clock. there’s a lot of time sitting outside and collecting footage, and then there’s cooking and cleaning and eventually sneaking into bed for three or four hours before you start again. “there’s a lot of repetition and it’s finding the story within that repetition that makes the job unique.” Over the past seven months, Coppers has won the battle with his seasickness, not so much conquering it as surrendering to it and working through it. “ever been seasick? You only want to sleep, but that’s not possible on a boat with a 24-hour racing routine.” then there’s the food. “it’s freeze-dried food like astronauts eat,” says Coppers. “Some are edible, some you wouldn’t feed to your dead dog! thankfully, we have some fruit bars and nuts, which makes life acceptable. Just before we arrive at a stopover city, we fantasise about what we’re going to eat when we get there. A steak with fries, and i want a coke! no a beer! A big mac! We drive each other insane!” Physical trials aside, Coppers feared nothing else about the role. “Fear is a bad advisor,” he says sagely. “i was looking forward to the challenges: big waves, storms, maybe problems out there. You know you’re not at home with your card club!” With a personality like “an over- enthusiastic bungee-ball type StefanCopperS FAR FLUNG Team Brunel during Leg 4, by OBR Stefan Coppers. An image so extraordinary it sparked debate over its authenticity.
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