First Inmarsat Onboard Reporter award for outstanding storytelling

Chris Mclaughlin and Brian Carlin

17 November 2014: Bringing one of the world’s most extreme sporting events to life for millions of fans is not an easy task, which is why the work of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporters (OBRs) is celebrated with an official award at the end of each leg.

Brian Carlin of Team Vestas Wind has scooped the first Inmarsat OBR award of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race at the Life at the Extreme awards ceremony in Cape Town on Friday night.

The Inmarsat-sponsored award recognises and showcases the extraordinary work of the OBRs, presenting prizes at the end of each leg, and to an overall winner and runner-up at the end of the 38,739 nautical mile adventure.

Additional awards

Brian won the 1,000 Euro prize for his engaging, humorous and emotional photographs, videos, blogs and social media during Leg One between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa, helping fans to experience the thrills of the race and to get to know the team.

And for the first time in the race’s history, Inmarsat and the Volvo Ocean Race are now awarding two runner-up awards on each leg to recognise and celebrate the consistently excellent content gathered by the OBRs.

Amory Ross of Team Alvimedica and Matt Knighton of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are the runners-up for Leg One, winning 500 Euros each.

‘Phenomenal’ content

“It’s an absolute honour to win the award. The other OBRs produced such amazing content throughout the course of the leg; I really didn’t expect to win. It’s a dream come true to be part of the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Brian, who has wanted to be an OBR for years.

Knut Frosted, CEO Volvo Ocean Race, said: “The OBRs are crucial to the Volvo Ocean Race. The content they have been producing and the engagement with fans and followers of the race has been phenomenal; and this is just the beginning. Brian is a very well-deserved winner for the first leg.”

Chris McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, External Affairs at Inmarsat, presented Brian with his prize. “Brian’s work during the first leg was outstanding; we really got to know the crew on board Team Vestas Wind and he was fantastic at storytelling which has made his content a joy to read and watch. We are looking forward to continuing to follow the journey of each team through the eyes of the OBRs.”

Another change in this edition will see high profile representatives of the media, television and film industry choosing the overall award winner and runner-up for the 10,000 Euro and 5,000 Euro prizes at the race end in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.

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