The finalists of the international Mirabaud Sailing Video Award have been announced. 28 films have been shortlisted for this year's competition, with a combined total of over 350,000 views on the award website and Youtube.
First place among the professional filmmakers went to Rob Dickinson of Orillo Films, the British filmmaker.» His one-minute video «A Journey to Remember is dedicated to the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race and the AkzoNobel team. The dynamic video reveals the range of emotions experienced by the athletes during the competition, both at sea and on land. The team had enough trouble: first, their skipper Simeon Tienpont was suspended(and then reinstated) before the first leg of the race, then they had to repair their limpets twice in three days in the middle of theSouthern Ocean.
«Excellent and very professional <...> but the audience should already be familiar with the subject to fully appreciate this work», said jury member Georgie Corlett-Pitt, chief editor of Yachts & Yachting magazine.
In addition to Corlett-Pitt, other members of the judging panel included:Two-time Olympic gold medalist and CNN anchor ShirleyRobertson, World Sailing communications specialist DanielSmith, special partner and member of the executive committee of Mirabaud and Cie SA Bank Nicolas Mirabaud, media and communications director of 11th Hour Racing AlessandraGhezzi and Dee Caffari, skipper of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team participating in the Volvo Ocean Race.
As for the professionals the jury awarded the second prize with a completely different mood. The Beau Outteridge team asked participants to depict, as their boat «sings», gaining speed. A selection of rather comical whistles, squeals and howls formed the basis of the video «What Noise Does The Rudder Make? » (What Noise Do The Rudders Make?).
The third place was given to Ugo Fonollá video about MAPFRE team that also participated in the Volvo Ocean Race. The video tells about the stage of the race around the Cape Horn (South America).
The best video clip among yachtsmen was authored by Stan Thuret(France). «His 1.5 minute video» (The greatest race in the world) is about a solo 18-day voyage across the Atlantic on a 6.5 meter yacht during the Mini Transat.
The People's Choice Award was awarded toErwan Pelisset of EP Medias by a vote on the award website. The video «One race - One cause-One ocean» is dedicated to JacquesValente who 10 years after an organ transplant became a participant of the 40th Route du Rhum.
The authors of the best sailing videos will receive well-deserved awards for the second annual Mirabaud Sailing Video Award - 2018 on Tuesday, October 23. The awards ceremony will take place during the Yacht Racing Forum in the French port city of Lorient in the north-west of the country.