Another busy week for our crews around the world

With action on three different continents, our teams were hard at it again over the Easter break providing top class sports coverage:

Dream come true for German captain
Germans win in Oz

In chronological order – It was Fed Cup tennis in Brisbane, Australia as Germany’s women beat hosts Australia 1-3 with a tremendous performance. Through the weekend we filmed the post match match interviews for the International Tennis Federation, and produced their online video coverage. A short review of the Tie is here:

Next it was another fed Cup tie – as the Czech Republic went up against Italy in Ostrava, and over the 2 days the hosts dominated with a convincing 4-0 victory to advance t the final against the Germans next November in the Czech Republic. The choice of Prague or Ostrava remains to be seen. Short ‘Show Your Colours’ fun edit here

Derry-Londonderry-Doire are first under the Golden Gate Bridge out of San Francisco…

And finally our coverage of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race continued with the latest stop-over in San Francisco, USA. GREAT Britain won Race 10, after crossing the mighty Pacific Ocean from Qingdao in China the fastest, and had the luxury of 9 days in port before the start of Race 11 on April 19th. First across the start line at the Golden Gate Yacht Club was Derry-Londonderry-Doire who crossed just a few seconds after the gun. It’s a 3300 mile downwind sail to Panama, where the fleet of 12 yachts will stop briefly before entering and going through the Canal, before racing on to Jamaica. Watch the start video here:

Well done all and good luck to those out on the water heading for Panama – sail safe, sail fast!

Dramatic ‘Man Overboard’ Rescue in Clipper Yacht Race

Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor (46) from London was rescued from the Pacific Ocean on March 29th after falling overboard. Derry~ Londonderry~ Doire successfully recovers man overboard He went over the side at 23.43 UTC  and was sighted again at 00.55 UTC before being recovered at approx. 01.13 UTC (13.13 local time, 30 March).

The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear visibility in daylight. Skipper Sean McCarter reported that he was working with Andrew on a sail change near the bow when he fell in. Sean immediately went back to the helm, stopped the yacht and initiated the MOB (man overboard) procedure.

This video was filmed and edited on board by by 1080 Media’s Tristan Perry from Canada, who was on the yacht to record the Pacific Ocean crossing, following their adventure and experience for the BBC Worldwide programmes we are producing. The images were sent back to race HQ in the UK via satellite from the yacht, and have been seen on major TV networks globally. The footage is harrowing, and Andrew is extremely fortunate to have survived relatively unscathed. Great job by all involved in the rescue and good luck in the rest of the race.

Watch here: