Dubbed ‘the toughest job in sports media,’ the Onboard Reporter (OBR) is a position that’s unique to sailing’s iconic race around the world, the Ocean Race (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race). OBRs are the storytellers of the race; they are dedicated multimedia reporters embedded with the teams and given unique access to cover every aspect of the event, round the clock, directly from the field of play.
Hop onboard this VO65 for a boat tour from the perspective of Jen Edney, an OBR in the most recent Volvo Ocean Race held 2017-2018. As an OBR, Jen documents the daily grind of life during the race and transmits the stories back to headquarters for publishing around the world.
The next edition of the Ocean Race, scheduled to start in 2021, will be raced in two dynamic classes of boats: the one-design VO65 class that was raced in the last two editions and the high-performance, foiling IMOCA 60 class.