It was a rocky start to the 2008 Vendee Globe, but they have me eating words. Their website, tracking and daily "boat news" has my complete attention over the Volvo layout. I say that cautiously, sincere admiration for the people behind the Volvo media. Though, I'm sorry guys and gals, it pains me to use the site.
The VOR tracking, for the amount of time it takes to load has nothing on the Vendee's tracking:
I love this tracking for one key reason: weather overlay! You can zoom in and out, track your favorite teams (mine are BT, Safran and Roxy.)Pair this with their short news reels on the main site, which are well written and mixed with commentary and short emails from the boats. Would video and more photos be cool, of course. However, no media crew on this program! One of the impressive traits for a Vendee/Barcelona Race Team: ulitimate "Jacks" and "Janes."
These solo sailors are quite the personality!
Ok, well...this time next week there will be plenty of reading to do from the VOR and Vendee and will spend less time watching the latest 6PM news clip explaining the state of our troubled economy.