Fans of the Velux 5 Oceans are to get the chance to put their questions to their favorite skippers in a series of live web chats. Before the start of the fourth ocean sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, SC, each of the four skippers will hold a 30-minute web chat to answer your questions about competing in The Ultimate Solo Challenge. Velux 5 Oceans communications director Tim Kelly said: “Whether it is through the multimedia content coming off the boats during each ocean sprint or through our Ask the Skipper video features, the Velux 5 Oceans is all about bringing our fans closer than ever before to the race and its skippers. The live web chats are the latest way of integrating race fans with the brave sailors taking on The Ultimate Solo Challenge.”
Here’s a timetable for the webchats:
Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski: Tuesday March 22, 1800 UTC
Chris Stanmore-Major: Tuesday March 22, 1830 UTC
Brad Van Liew: Wednesday March 23, 2300 UTC
Derek Hatfield: Wednesday March 23, 2330 UTC
Web chats for Brad Van Liew, Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major will be in English. Gutek’s webchat will take place in Polish for the first 20 minutes then in English for the last ten minutes. Anyone wanting to take part in the webchats should go to the Eco 60 class website at the times specified above. You will then be able to connect direct to the webchat.
For more information, go to www.velux5oceans.com.