The Volvo Ocean Race is the World's longest professional sporting event and leading offshore sailing competition. Seven teams will battle it out during the nine months of race, crossing four oceans and five continents. There are nine Legs of race, with boats covering 38,739 nautical miles (71,745 Km / 44,580 miles) and with a series of pit stops in 11 countries: Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden. Each host port stages a festival lasting around two weeks, featuring free family entertainment and a chance to see first-hand what the sailors have to put themselves trough to succeed.It is one of the toughest events in the world of sport and a human challenge like no other.
As a Freelance Photographer and because of my relationship with the nautical environment, I thought that it would be a nice chance to get involved in this adventure, so it was time to try out the Camerapixo's Press Card. I have to say that Artur and Anetta showed great support for my project and they backed me up with everything needed in order to obtain from the VOR organization my accreditation as a Media Independent Photographer.
After two weeks of footage, the results are for me very satisfactory and one of the galleries that brings me very respectful thoughts is "The Boatyard", in which no excuses for the mess around, these professionals are under a constant pressure to commit all of their duties on time. You can appreciate by looking at these photos all the effort that's involved in working and organizing in between the race Legs on shore at the pits, and in maintaining such a mobile infrastructure around the world. These photos are performed to transmit the sensation of the hard work that is involved in The Boatyard crew to check, repair and maintain the VO65 race boats in optimal conditions.
High pressure and responsibility in order to accomplish a high level for secure navigation during the next Leg of the race. Leg 5, the hardest in all the race. From Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil. The longest and the toughest due to the extreme weather conditions and the rounding of the mythical Cape Horn.