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RORC Live Series – Time Over Distance

Live interviews with sailors from around the world, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques and more. Interactive discussions with outstanding sailors together with videos and pictures. Time Over Distance is designed to inform and entertain any serious offshore sailor. We hope that the RORC Time Over Distance library might become a highly regarded resource for years to come. For more information and feedback: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Time Over Distance - Paul Larsen

The latest RORC Time Over Distance guest is Paul Larsen, the fastest sailor on the planet having clocked 68 knots in Vestas Sailrocket 2.

Larsen has always been involved in cutting edge sailing projects and in this 45-minute interview he discusses foiling technology in both the Vendée Globe and the forthcoming Match in the 36th America’s Cup.

Larsen talks about his early life and incredible projects, including Bruno Peyron’s Explorer, Pete Goss’ Team Philips and the world record breaking Sailrocket.

Join the Royal Ocean Racing Club for a Facebook and YouTube Premiere on Monday 8th March.

Time Over Distance - Pip Hare

The Royal Ocean Racing Club Time Over Distance Series continues with RORC member Pip Hare talking to Louay Habib just days after becoming the first British sailor to finish the 2020 Vendee Globe.

Since childhood, Pip Hare has dreamt of competing in the Holy Grail of solo racing. In a chartered older generation IMOCA 60, Medallia, Pip showed incredible seamanship and extraordinary tenacity for the 95 days of the race.

RORC Time Over Distance - Charlie Enright

This week's special guest for the RORC Time Over Distance series is Charlie Enright. Born and bred in Rhode Island, USA, the young skipper has already notched up two round the world races which have been nothing short of high drama.

Charlie has also won the Rolex Fastnet Race and RORC Caribbean 600 overall, racing on the Askew brothers' Volvo 70 Wizard. Charlie's third lap of the planet is scheduled for the Ocean Race as the skipper of a new IMOCA60 11th hour racing.

Time over Distance - Iain Murray

Time Over Distance with Iain Murray, Race Director for 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand © America’s Cup Event / Challenger of Record / ACPI

Our special guest for the latest RORC Time Over Distance Series is the Race Director for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland NZ. Iain Murray will be in charge on the water, as he has been for the last two editions in San Francisco and Bermuda.

Murray speaks to Louay Habib about his phenomenal sailing career and the modern-day America’s Cup. He is a six-time 18ft Skiff world champion, two-time Etchells world champion and four America’s Cups as a sailor. Offshore, Murray has three overall wins and nine line honours victories with Wild Oats XI in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Time Over Distance: Special Edition - Alex Thomson

A special edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Time Over Distance series talking to Alex Thomson just days before Alex and HUGO BOSS started the 2020 Vendee Globe.

This is Alex Thomson's fifth race and having come second last time, HUGO BOSS is one of the favourites. The interview was recorded live with Alex exploring the physical and mental strength required for the race, plus details of the radical IMOCA 60 design and the cutting-edge technology on board.

Time Over Distance: Highlights Special

The Royal Ocean Racing Club presents a special end-of-series show featuring live interviews with sailors from around the world, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques and more. 

15 editions of the Time Over Distance series packed into a one-hour show of stories, pictures and videos from the America’s Cup, Round the World Races, Olympic Games and more. Watch the collective and then choose your favourites show to watch in full.

Although this may be the end of our Lockdown Series its not the end for Time Over Distance. We do plan to continue and extend this wonderful piece of work throughout the quieter months.

Time Over Distance Volume 15: Michel Desjoyeaux 'Le Professeur'

The 15th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series will be with Michel Desjoyeaux, the only sailor to have won the Vendée Globe two times.

Recorded live, 'Le Professeur' Michel Desjoyeaux will be interviewed in English by Louay Habib for an hour-long show, exploring a rare talent and phenomenal career.

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Through the Lens - Arthur Daniel

Grenada-based photographer Arthur Daniel took this shot of the Class40s as they headed off after the start of the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 race.

From Fort Charlotte, above the Pillars of Hercules that guard the entrance to the historic English Harbour, the RORC Race Team start this classic 600-mile offshore race. Arthur Daniel captured the fleet starts from ashore and in this image also managed to include his colleagues who were up in the media helicopter. Flying fast and low above the impressive Class40 fleet, videographer Roddy Grimes-Graeme (Acquafilms Antigua) and photographer Tim Wright ( ensured superb video and images from the race, as they have done over the past 12 years for this annual race around 11 Caribbean island.

“In the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 there was a huge fleet of Class40s. To get this shot I had to run more than a 1/4mile down to the water’s edge (with 60 pounds of gear on my back) to get them tacking! I was lucky to get the helicopter in the shot too,” says Daniel.

“It was to be quite a match race all the way around the course for the 10 teams from France, Norway and Brazil which formed a race record entry for the Class40 Division. After two and a half days and nights of intense competition and over 600 miles of racing, it all came down to just a few minutes in the 2019 edition of the race. Catherine Pourre's French Class40 Eärendil won Line Honours for the second year in a row, defeating two of the rising stars of offshore racing who had both led for parts of the race. Aymeric Chappellier's Aïna Enfance Et Avenir was second by just 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Completing the podium was Luke Berry's Lamotte - Module Création, less than six minutes from victory!”

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About Arthur Daniel
“When I got into photography about 9 years ago, I wanted to try different types of camerawork and to challenge myself. Getting into sailing photography I started with our local Workboat Regatta and Grenada Sailing Week - It feels natural. Since I love adventure, a challenge, and capturing beautiful things, sailing is one of my favourite types of photography. I enjoy bringing landscape, sports and photojournalism photography into sailing.”

Facebook and Instagram: @ArthurDanielCreative

Time Over Distance - Luke Patience

For the 14th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series, Louay Habib interviews Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience with a deep dive into his two previous Olympic campaigns and a look forward to Tokyo and beyond.

Luke grew up in Scotland and comes from a sailing family, profoundly passionate about all forms of sailing.

Luke shot to fame in the 2012 London Olympic Games, winning silver for Great Britain with Stuart Bithell in the 470 Class. Luke Patience and Elliot Willis won selection for Great Britain for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. However, six months before the event, Elliot Willis was diagnosed with bowel cancer and the team had to withdraw.

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Luke teamed up with Chris Grube and requalified with less than three months to the 2016 Olympic Games. They finished fifth in Rio and have again qualified to represent Great Britain at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

Through the Lens - Paul Wyeth

“Whilst I regularly shoot from helicopter and drone, there's no doubt that the RIB is far and away my go-to shooting platform and mode of transport on the water. My ancient blue RIB is a common sight on the Solent and whilst not the most comfortable of rides, its small size does mean I can get close into the action without getting in the way, or kicking up a huge wake.

“In conditions up to force 5 or 6 it's fairly easy to stay dry, but when it gets really breezy, it gets harder to keep myself and, more importantly equipment, dry. Having shot from the same boat for many years, I do get to know when a certain shape wave will get me wet and also the sound of a wave coming. Moving the boat to stay dry (ish) does almost become instinctive, but now and again I get a big one over the side! It's then all about how quickly I can turn to face away from the wave and shield the camera, or get the camera into a protective Peli case. Without the essential Peli case, camera kit won't last long on the water. One secret that I will share with you is not to worry about the expensive and rather clunky camera protective cases as more often than not, sturdy freezer bags taped round the lens, get the job done.  However, don't blame me if your kit gets wet!

“When the breeze really gets up, aside from wishing I had a larger boat, one of the biggest issues is stopping the bow of the RIB from constantly being turned downwind. As I'm often driving the boat whilst shooting, I like to keep the boat pointed towards safety so should something go wrong and the yacht suddenly change course towards me, I'm not  left trying to reverse out of the way at speed. Never a good move. Thinking ahead and having an escape route is totally essential and has saved me from serious incidents many times.

“I often get asked "Don't you need a driver?" It does depend what I'm shooting and how fast they are going, but in most cases I'd rather be driving myself. I've never been great at communicating in a hurry so driving myself means I can think and manoeuvre instinctively and not have to translate that thought to someone which time the moment may have gone.

“So there's no doubt that shooting from a RIB on a breezy day can be a challenge and sometimes expensive in terms of camera kit, but it's also the time when I often get the best images. All we need now is some racing!”

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More about Paul Wyeth
Paul Wyeth has lived and worked by the sea all his life and is based on the Isle of Wight. Apart from a brief spell away whilst studying for a design degree, the sea has always been central to him; from teaching sailing, through to boat building and work for the RYA. His background in design combines well with hands-on experience at sea. An appreciation of light and a passion for capturing the energy and grace of the sea is his driving force.

Paul has captured many stunning images of RORC races and specialises in photographing from a small RIB allowing him to get right into the action: close but not too close! His experience in boat handling is a real asset when it comes to successfully getting the shot without getting in the way. Paul also shoots aerial images from helicopter and drones when conditions or budget allow!

Many of Paul's images have been featured in major International yachting publications, in addition to commissioned photography for a wide range of clients. He also works as event photographer for several regattas such as Cowes Week and Antigua Sailing Week.
Instagram: @paulwyethphotography
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