Volvo Ocean race to be shown on ITV

Independent sports producer Sunset Vine has signed a
deal with ITV to provide coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race.

There will be 32 weekly half hour programmes on ITV4 and eight one-hour long programmes on ITV1.

John Leach, Managing Director of Sunset Vine said “Our Volvo Ocean Race coverage
for ITV and the rest of the world will present sailing in a new light.
State of the art equipment will record the crews’ adventures, relationships
with each other in the confined space aboard the boats, and their battles
to overcome the extreme conditions. We want to make the sport much more
accessible to a wider viewing public in the same way that we transformed
the way cricket has been covered.”

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the harshest sports challenges. Starting in
Galicia, Spain in November, the crews spend a grueling seven months
battling severe weather and each other in demanding conditions, taking in
Cape Town, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro and New York before finishing next
June in Gothenburg.

The yachts are scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth in May
next year.With 10 cameras onboard each boat, linked by satellite to a
purpose built studio and editing facility at race headquarters just outside
Portsmouth in the UK, Sunset Vine’s coverage will show key moments of the
battle between the world’s top professional sailors and the worst that the
oceans can throw at them.