Shorthanded sailing, the massive challenge of sailing solo or with just one other across oceans, is one of the most compelling, dramatic athletic endeavors imaginable. Though satellite and broadband technology has allowed these adventurers to transmit the world this strenuous lifestyle, we are only seeing part of the story.
By its nature, these disciplines of sailing are solitary endeavours. The camera is only on when they are speaking to it. And with two, you only see one usually, not the team working seamlessly together.Image

I have always wanted to see deeper into the hidden rhythms of these sailors and surprisingly the Ocean Masters Series has taken a tremendous leap and dropped media crew members and reporters on the IMOCA 60s for the NY-Barcelona Race.
I am writing from the transom of Hugo Boss while American Ryan Breymaier and Spaniard Pepe Ribes feel eachother and ghe boat out sailing from Newport to NYC.
I will becreporting fir the New York Times all the way to Barcelona starting June 1.my challenge is being thar fly on the wall to allow their natural rhythm and feel for the boat, the weather and eachother show through.
But i am sceptical. Another human im their space has to have an impact. Their tongues will surely be bit a few times. Over the course of two weeks at ses, however, patterns will emerge for me to capture in words, images and video that have not been seen before from these superhumans who can race non-stop around the world, alone, inside of three months.
This is a first in this discipline and we will see!

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