Published: Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Volvo Ocean Race is posing a question - If you died tomorrow, could you say you truly lived your life to the full? - in its new online campaign as it bids to discover the next batch of Onboard Reporters willing to tackle the offshore challenge in 2017-18. The application deadline is July 15.

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(Photos: Volvoo Ocean Race)

The race will run from the start of October 2017 until the end of June 2018 and requires a nine-month, paid, full-time commitment. Pre-race preparation can range from three to six months so the overall project commitment can range from 12-15 months, dependent on team assignment and their commencement of activation. 

Dubbed ‘the toughest job in sports media’, prospective candidates will have to survive a ‘boot camp’ proving their ability to stand the mental and physical pressure of the role, before being accepted to be a multimedia journalist embedded in teams.

The event requires multi-skilled and experienced media professionals to join the crews onboard and report back to shore from the most remote and hostile regions on the planet.

Volvo Ocean Race Recruits Onboard Reporters In Online Campaign

“For a professional storyteller, I’m certain that there’s no greater challenge on earth than this,” says American filmmaker Amory Ross, who performed the role in the last two editions of the race. “You are pushed far beyond your physical, mental and creative limits in a way that can compare with little else.”

Cutting-edge communications support, provided by Inmarsat since 2005, delivers daily multimedia content to serve a global audience of tens of millions - via high-speed satellites - from each of the super-charged 65-foot racing boats while at sea. Every boat is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, remote-control cameras, microphones and custom-designed media stations.

Volvo Ocean Race Recruiting Onboard Reporters In Online Campaign

The ideal candidates to join the elite storytelling squad will be capable of producing high-quality video, photo and written content on a daily basis, regardless of the conditions.

“We’re looking for candidates with an adventurous streak, but also with a history of solid media experience, an eye for a shot and a nose for a story,” says Head of Television at the Volvo Ocean Race Leon Sefton, who is leading the OBR recruitment project. “It cannot be underestimated how tough this role is to perform, day in, day out, in boat-breaking conditions and with little to no sleep.”

Over 2,000 hopefuls applied for the position in the last edition in 2014-15, and organisers are expecting an even bigger number of applications this time around.

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The work of the Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporters is regularly featured across some of the world’s most recognisable media outlets, such as The Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Red Bull Media House and 242 broadcasters on 83 television channels around the globe.

“The Onboard Reporters in the Volvo Ocean Race need to be much more than just a pretty face with a microphone. In fact, they may be performing the toughest job in sports journalism,” writes award-winning journalist Tim Wendel in a Huffington Post story.

To apply, potential candidates should visit the campaign website,, and follow the brief to produce example work.

If selected, they will move through to the next round where a formal interview will take place.