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aperture 035 the change of these sailors. “it’s emotional, it’s powerful, and it’s unlike any other sporting event. i’m looking forward to the day when the rest of the world understands this.” Knighton too is well aware of his privileged vantage point. “the Volvo Ocean race is an epic adventure played out in extreme environments that few people will ever get the chance to see first-hand. no other professional sports event lasts for nine months. it’s a global brand that touches many countries and spans several cultures.” With this most difficult of sailing events now on their CV, and most certainly in their blood, the Obrs are considering what’s next as the event moves into its final legs – newport to Lisbon, Portugal, then Lorient, France, before finishing in Gothenberg, Sweden. Would they sign up to do it again? “Sometimes i say ‘hell yes! 100 percent’. And sometimes i’m in doubt even to step up to the next leg, so shitty can it be,” says Coppers prosaically. “it’s constantly rough, bumpy, like a never-ending rollercoaster. Let me think about it, okay?” Knighton too is circumspect. “Ask me again after i finish this first edition!” halloran is less guarded, eager to see how the role develops, fuelled by advances in technology and the public’s appetite for more intimacy and access to the sailors. “Sailing offshore is addictive and i love visual storytelling. the exciting bit is that the Obr role will only grow in the future editions so it’s an exciting path to be on. this is only the beginning!” www.volvooceanrace.com MattKnigHton BASIC INSTINCT Sheltering in the heat of battle, a crew member aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing captured by OBR Matt Knighton.
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