Volvo Ocean race: Onboard Reporters - cuts being made

MCM Nick Dana carrying some lights to have a better view of the damage onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing after they returned to the port during the start of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.(Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

To all the Onboard Reporter candidates out there – here's an update on the recruitment campaign and why you should definitely keep training if you made the first cut.

You’re keen to be part of the toughest media project in the world and you applied for an Onboard Reporter position in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. If you made it through to the first round, congratulations! But you may be wondering what’s next.

'After launching the program in January and sending a first update in August, we’ve got a list of selected candidates and we’ve made a second round of picks,' says project manager Rick Deppe.

The race organisers had to work with more than 2,000 applications, sorting through hundreds of great CVs and awesome profiles before letting potential OBRs know they were part of the first selection.

'The final selection of the reporters will go hand in hand with the teams,' adds Deppe. 'As we announce more teams in the next months, we’ll fit the profile of potential reporters with the right balance of skills and other factors.

'We’ve got some exciting times ahead on the team front and the Onboard Reporter project will go hand in hand with that.

MCM Hamish Hooper catches the action aboard Camper - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

'The two teams already announced are actively working on their selection. In fact, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing trialled some people out during the summer and have been just trying someone out during the recent Vietnam Race.'

Once a firm decision has been made on their Onboard Reporter, we'll let you know.

Meanwhile, what should you do to gear up for a possible nine-month challenge round the world?

'My advice to the candidates: don’t wait!' says Deppe. 'Go on with your life and your projects to keep training, sailing and telling stories. There are so many great candidates for a limited number of positions, so just keep telling great stories and having adventures. That's still the best way to win a place on a boat as our Onboard Reporter.'

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, MCM Amory Ross during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Cape Town stopover. (Photo Credit must read: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Sail-World: The Onboard Reporter program was launched soon after the finish of the last Volvo Ocean Race to attract some of the worlds top media, interested and capable of racing in a media role around the world. The program follows on from the Media Crew Members used in the last Volvo Ocean Race, except that these OR's will be more extensively trained by Volvo Ocean Race. Additionally the Volvo Ocean 65 has been specifically designed to be a very media friendly boat - making it easier to get more and better video, images and stories off the boats while they are racing.

Skipper Franck Cammas looking at MCM footage onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)