The OCR's role

Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica
Team Alvimedia's Amory Ross talks us through the media crewman's role
Along with Yann Riou on board Dongfeng, Team Alvimedica's Amory Ross is the only repeat offender among the MCMs, rechristened On Board Reporters for this Volvo Ocean Race (to emphasis they are definitely not ‘crew’). Ross made a name for himself with his excellent MCM work with Ken Read's team aboard Puma in the last race. After this he moved to San Francisco to work with Oracle Team USA for the 34th America’s Cup, initially in a similar MCM capacity, but ultimately joined Philippe Presti, working within the defender’s ‘performance team’ as videographer. “Then,” he says he got lured back into the round the world race because “I started to miss the people and the adventure and being part of a small team, where you get to know everyone. “If there was one doubt in my mind, it was the notion of telling the story again would to be a lot harder, because everyone talks about ‘the first time you do something - that is when it is at its most visceral’. The second time does it lose any of its impact? The reality is - it would be a different boat, a different team and a different race altogether and I couldn’t be happier to be back here.” Ross' signing with Team Alvimedica occurred smoothly as he already had his foot in the door having previously sailed with skipper Charlie Enright, Mark Towill as part of the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team, competing with them in both the Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Races in 2011. These escapades were largely responsible for Ross originally getting the Puma gig. “I owe my first race to them – that was a really good training platform for me,” he admits. In another of the Volvo Ocean Race media department’s ill-conceived decisions, the plan for the OBRs