The Volvo Ocean Race sailing crew set out to win yachting’s most coveted title. The Onboard Reporter (OBR) has a very different goal – to tell the story of how the teams do it.
It takes a special set of skills to become an OBR and while they play no part in the sailing, they play a crucial role in the race. It’s thanks to their daily uploads during every leg that the millions of fans worldwide are kept connected to the race. Every day, regardless of the sea state and weather around them, they film and edit high-definition videos, take photos of life on board and write up what’s happening, blow by blow. All this content is then uploaded via FleetBroadband to race HQ then distributed for fans to enjoy – all made possible by Inmarsat.
Onboard Reporter bios
Sam Greenfield (United States)
Sam is one of only two Onboard Reporters from the 2014-15 edition to return to the racetrack, having worked with Dongfeng Race Team last time. He caught attention by becoming the first OBR to successfully fly a drone from a moving Volvo Ocean 65, revolutionising the use of drones across the sailing industry in the process. Since the end of the 2014-15 race, Sam has been based in Bermuda as part of the Team ORACLE USA media crew.
Jen Edney (United States)
Jen is one of the most renowned water adventure photographers in the business and regularly appears in international publications like National Geographic magazine, which recently named her as one of ‘Nine Female Photographers Who Push The Limits’. Despite coming from the landlocked US state of Nebraska, Jen has clocked up over 50,000 offshore miles in preparation for the ultimate sailing media job.
Konrad Frost (Britain)
Having honed his onboard filming and eye for detail in the Clipper Race, Konrad’s step into the Volvo Ocean Race world is a natural progression – and he admits that he has dreamed of stepping onboard since he was little. When he’s not at sea, he is a respected cameraman in the adventure sports industry and he knows the Race inside out having worked as crew on the recent Volvo Ocean Race TV series, as well as the likes of CNN’s Mainsail.
Jeremie Lecaudey (France)
Jeremie is new to sailing, but arrives with a fresh perspective – and bags of extreme sports experience under his belt. He has a background in the kiteboarding industry producing all the video content for the Kiteboarding World Tour, and more recently spent five years working for the International Ski Federation covering Alpine Skiing, Cross Country and Nordic Combined.
Martin Keruzoré (France)
Martin grew up around the ocean and the world of sailing photography, and has almost a decade’s experience as a director, photographer, cameraman and editor. Martin has logged thousands of miles in French races and has been involved in projects including L’Hydroptere’s first speed test, sailing onboard the Multi 50 with Erwan Le Roux and with the IMOCA class before the last Vendée Globe.
Richard Edwards (Britain)
Richard grew up with a natural affinity for the ocean and water sports – and in 2015, he made his passion a profession by joining the Clipper Race as a cameraman and producer. It was this round-the-world experience that inspired him to push for the ultimate media job – a Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter.
James Blake (New Zealand/Britain)
James has carved out an impressive reputation in the nature and documentary world for his shooting ability. He has worked for the likes of BBC TV and the Discovery channel as a filmmaker before deciding to follow in his father, Volvo Ocean Race legend Sir Peter Blake’s, footsteps and jump onto a Volvo Ocean Race boat himself. He’s also a natural born adventurer who completed a trans-Tasman row in 2012 as part of a four-man team, and is planning more exploits after the race’s completion, including a new angle on a transatlantic record.
Tom Martienssen (Britain)
They say that the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter role is one of the most extreme media roles in the business – but for former soldier turned reporter Tom, it might be a welcome change of pace from his recent vocations. He has completed two tours of Iraq as a medic and an RAF gunner, and has reported for the likes of the BBC and CNN live from Mount Everest. Nevertheless, he still claims that working onboard the Volvo Ocean Race boats is the toughest thing he’s ever done.
Brian Carlin (Ireland)
Having made his name as the Onboard Reporter for Team Vestas Wind in 2014-15, Brian returns to the race as OBR Team Leader. He will be keen to make it the whole way around the world this time after a challenging Volvo Ocean Race debut which saw his team ground on an atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just days into Leg 3.
Ugo Fonollá (Spain)
The youngest member of the 2017-18 Onboard Reporter squad, Ugo grew up around sailing in Mallorca, close to the Palma sailing scene. Having studied engineering, Ugo then switched his focus to fulfilling his life’s dream – to become an OBR in the Volvo Ocean Race. Six years later, and armed with a camera and some wet weather gear, his wish has come true.