I'm the only American on the Tour de France à la Voile. And I don't speak French.

My goal is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Tour — and the sport of ocean racing — from a universal perspective.

My first movie, the "other" Tour de France, explains the Tour in the context of its sister event, the "actual" Le Tour De France.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYARcBqzO14[/youtube]

Somehow this movie made its way onto the Tour de France Facebook page for about 24 hours, until a web manager realized what had happened. The first—and probably last—ever sailing video on the Tour de France cycling FB page, likely the least-viewed post on the one-million-plus fan site in its digital history.

My second movie is about an amateur shore crew with a German entry, Iskareen. I drove with them from Dunkirk to Breskens, Holland and spent the night onboard a Volvo 60 after the landlady neglected to leave the keys in the post box. I'm eternally grateful for her mistake.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-LPotwzpfQ[/youtube]

The Tour has traveled from Dunkirk to Breskens to Dieppe to Deauville, and I'm writing from Brest. The language barrier isn't half as much a challenge as shooting, scripting and editing these videos in a reasonable amount of time. I told myself one movie per leg. It's a huge challenge.

When I get frustrated I tell myself, "everything that is fun is hard." Knut Frostad told me that in passing on a Saturday morning in May after crawling around the decrepit hull of Volvo 70, Brasil 1. Simple words, but I can't imagine I'll be forgetting them anytime soon.

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