Boating Business | Tom Way is promoted to deputy race director

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Tom Way is promoted to deputy race director

25 Oct 2017

Clipper Race director Mark Light with deputy race director Tom Way

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has appointed Tom Way as its new deputy race director.

The move follows the decision by Dan Smith to step down from the role in order to relocate back to Scotland.

Mr Way is a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certified instructor with more than 60,000 miles in his log book and started his career at Clipper Race as a qualified crew member in the 2011-12 event.

“Since returning from racing round the world in the Clipper 2011-12 Race, I have worked for pretty much every part of the company which has given me unique insight into its operations,” he said. “My passion is sailing and racing so being a key member of one of the most unique yacht races on the planet is a great honour and another challenge I’m eager to take on.”

As deputy race director, Mr Way will assist race director Mark Light with the extensive operations and logistics of running one of the world’s longest ocean races.

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Boating Business | Great Circle-Squid is official weather provider

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Great Circle-Squid is official weather provider

27 Oct 2017

Great Circle–Squid has been named official weather provider of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Safety and performance will be the main focus for the meteorological data that is provided daily to the race management team, which is then shared with each of the competitors taking part in the race.

“Being relied on to provide accurate weather forecasting for one of the biggest and most challenging yacht races in the world is a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Gérald Bibot, Great Circle–Squid CEO.

The race started in October and will take the seven competing teams to 12 stopover ports around the world over eight months.

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Fletcher-Bithell head up 49er medal double in Gamagori | Home | News | The British Sailing Team | RYA

Fletcher-Bithell head up 49er medal double in Gamagori

Written by RYA | 21 October 2017

British 49er podium double on first medal race day at Japanese World Cup

The first day of World Cup medal racing in Gamagori on Saturday (21 October) yielded a British 1-2 in the 49er class, with World and European Champions Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell claiming the regatta victory.

The duo have now won their past three events in a row, seeing off a strong challenge from teammates and eventual silver medallists James Peters-Fynn Sterritt on a light wind-affected and rainy day in Japan.

Fletcher-Bithell took a five point lead over their British stablemates into the three-race finale for the men’s skiff fleet, with the two teams battling it out for top honours right through until the final run of the final race.

Peters-Sterritt, who won silver at both the Worlds and Europeans, cranked up the pressure early on, with a win in the first race of three narrowing the gap. But Fletcher-Bithell turned the tables in the second to set up a final race showdown for gold.

“We were both guaranteed silver going into the last race,” Fletcher explained. “We chose to match race them to put us as far as possible down the fleet to ensure we would beat them because we were ahead on points.

“It was going smoothly until we made a mistake, at the bottom, and they wiggled free.”

Peters-Sterritt managed to get ahead and at one stage had almost enough boats between themselves and their teammates to be in gold medal position before a pile-up at the finish ended any title hopes.

“We thought we had to overtake one more boat to beat Dylan and Stuart overall,” Peters explained.

“We were trying to overtake but the French boat didn’t give us enough room at the finish and ultimately, we were rafting against the committee boat. It was a bit of an unfortunate way to end the last race.”

Fletcher-Bithell sailed back past their teammates to finish sixth in the final race, ahead of Peters-Sterritt in eighth, and secure gold by six points.

“It’s been a fantastic year. We started sailing together a year ago and it’s gone from strength to strength. We’ve medalled at all the major events, and we’ve won the last three on the trot. At the moment we’re in our little purple streak and hopefully we can dominate like the Kiwis did and beat them when they come back.

“We have all been working very hard and it’s nice to see that it’s paying off with the Worlds, Europeans and the Gamagori World Cup Series, we have been doing really well,” added Bithell of the strong British 49er squad performance this season. Sterritt said he and Peters could be happy with their silver.

“We were saying on the sail in, to be in a position where you’re battling for gold and silver is a good place to be. Obviously it didn’t quite go our way today, but we’re happy with a silver and we gave it a good go out there. Congratulations to Dylan and Stu.”

Podium Potential squad talents Chris Taylor-Sam Batten also qualified for the ten-boat medal race, finishing ninth overall. Saturday was the penultimate day of racing for the Laser, Laser Radial and 470 classes, and the opportunity for sailors to book their spots amongst the top ten in each fleet for Sunday’s medal races.

Light winds dictated that just one race was possible for each class, but the British Sailing Team will see five boats in action on the final day, with two currently occupying podium positions.

Luke Patience-Chris Grube are in equal second on points going into the 470 Men’s finale, picking up a fourth place in their only race of the day, while Lorenzo Chiavarini’s 11th place on Saturday sees him into the Laser medal in bronze position, which he’ll look to vigorously defend on Sunday with silver out of reach and just one point separating him from fourth.

Michael Beckett and Nick Thompson have also qualified for the Laser final, in sixth and seventh places respectively, while Alison Young has made the cut for the Laser Radial medal race in ninth.

Schedule for Sunday 22 October (times are local JPN, +8 BST):

Laser Radial medal race – 1040

Laser medal race – 1125

470 Women – 1210

470 Men – 1255

RS:X Men – 1340

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Typhoon Lan cuts short World Cup Gamagori final day | Home | News | The British Sailing Team | RYA

Typhoon Lan cuts short World Cup Gamagori final day

Written by RYA | 22 October 2017

Testing conditions for final day of World Cup racing in Japan

Lorenzo Chiavarini was pipped to Laser bronze on a rain and wind-affected final day of World Cup racing in Gamagori on Sunday (22 October).

49er crews Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell and James Peters-Fynn Sterritt had opened the medal tally for the British Sailing Team on Saturday, but with Typhoon Lan approaching the Japanese coast, the second of the medal race days had to be curtailed with just three of the scheduled five races able to take place.

The building breeze varied greatly in both strength and direction, making it a challenging day for both sailors and race officials.

The women’s Laser Radial fleet was the first to get underway after several attempted starts. Alison Young was in action for Great Britain, albeit out of contention for the medal positions, and finished her regatta on a high with the medal race victory elevating her to eighth in the overall final standings.

Chiavarini had gone into the final day in bronze medal position in the Laser class, but with Australia’s Olympic Champion Tom Burton breathing down this neck. Just one point separated them in the standings with a gap to fifth place, and with whichever sailor finishing ahead of the other likely to take the final podium position.

As with the Laser Radials, big wind shifts also saw delays to the medal race start, but once it got underway, Chiavarini and Burton separated to different sides of the course on the first upwind leg, with the Australian’s choice proving the favourable one.

He led at the first mark and every mark thereafter, and although Chiavarini fought back he couldn’t reel in his Australian rival. He finished sixth in the medal race, with Burton’s race win sealing him the bronze medal.

Rio Olympian and double World Champion Nick Thompson finished his regatta in fifth, with a third place in the medal race, while Michael Beckett was sixth overall and eighth in the medal race.

Luke Patience-Chris Grube, competing at their first major event since Rio 2016, fell foul of a jury disqualification on Saturday night which relegated them into ninth place going into the 470 Men’s finale on Sunday, having been in third place prior to the protest.

Ultimately, their medal race was called off leaving them no opportunity to improve on their overall position.

“We came here really to kick off what is our Tokyo 2020 programme. It’s the first time we’ve really been back in the boat since the Olympics,” Patience explained.

“It’s actually been a good week. It’s been horrible weather-wise with the rain, but it’s been good racing and we’ve been pleased to just get a series in.”

“We’re really, really excited and more importantly very energised for what’s ahead. We took a year off, and I needed that as it’s been 12 years without a break of doing the same. I’ve gained some great perspective, but more than anything else it’s about the hunger. I’m more mad for it than I’ve ever been I think, which is a cool thing to say at 31 years old.

“There’s less than three years to go, but having had that time away, I think I can compress a lot of work in a short space of time.”

The eighteen British Sailing Team athletes to compete at the World Cup Gamagori will now make their way to the 2020 Olympic Games venue for Enoshima Olympic Week (27-29 October), where they’ll be joined by Finn sailors Ben Cornish and Giles Scott, who is racing in his first Finn regatta since claiming gold in Rio.

Full results from World Cup Gamagori

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Thompson takes Laser European title | Home | News | The British Sailing Team | RYA

Thompson takes Laser European title

Written by RYA | 08 October 2017

Gold for Thompson in Barcelona and top ten finishes for Chiavarini, Povall and Young

After coming agonising close in previous editions, two-time Laser World Champion Nick Thompson takes European title in Barcelona as racing drew to a close this weekend (2-8 October).

With the challenging Barcelona breeze, Thompson knew consistency was key to clinch victory on Spanish waters as he posted a string of top ten results to keep himself firmly in the medal mix throughout the week.

“The week has been incredibly tricky. I knew coming into the regatta that Barcelona wasn’t going to be an easy venue and it was going to about the long game and not about necessarily winning one race and then messing up the next one,” explained the 31-year-old.

“It was going to be about putting together a series and coming out on top at the end and it proved to be that way.”

Starting the final day in fifth but with the points crucially close, Thompson was clear of the performance needed in order to fight off his rivals.

He continued: “I was plugging away all the way through the event and went into today [Sunday] with a chance and knew what I had to do.”

And that is exactly what Thompson did. Wrapping up his regatta in style, Thompson claimed the final bullet and with it landed the European crown. He finished eight points clear of Italian Francesco Marrai, while New Zealand’s Andrew McKenzie completed the podium in third.

The Lymington sailor was thrilled to secure his first ever European title, an event which he admitted had always ‘eluded’ him.

“I feel really, really pleased. It’s been one of those events which has eluded me for a long time, I’ve come really close and medalled a few times but never actually managed to win it.

“To finally take the European title means there’s just one thing left – the Olympics.”

With only an Olympic Gold missing from the collection and Tokyo 2020 firmly on his mind, Thompson will head straight out to Japan ready for the Sailing World Cup Gamagori, followed by Enoshima Olympic Week.

Back in Barcelona, teammate Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini posted an impressive 1, 3 on the final day of racing to round off his regatta seventh overall and sixth European. Meanwhile Michael Beckett finished his event 15th, with Jack Wetherell 27th, Elliot Hanson 28th, Jack Cookson 31st and Sam Whaley 63rd.

Over on the Women’s Radial course, Georgina Povall led the British charge ending her week with a race win to finish sixth European, and seventh overall, in her best ever senior European performance. Despite a strong start to the regatta, Alison Young slipped to ninth but will be hoping to make amends in Gamagori later this month. Podium Potential Pathway sailors Ellie Cumpsty and Clementine Thompson finished 44th and 48th respectively.

Full results are available at http://www.europeanslaser2017.com/en/default/races/race-resultsall

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Media Advisory: Volvo Ocean Race Skippers Press Conference

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Everything you need to know about how to follow the Skippers Press Conference on Friday 20 October

The start of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is just hours away – and the seven skippers are about to go face-to-face for their first press conference. Which team will take first blood? Who is the favourite, the dark horse and the underdog? What attracts these world-class sailors to eight months of relentless racing, no sleep, and conditions so cramped and pressurised that they almost border on a psychological experiment? All questions will be answered tomorrow, and you won’t want to miss it. Here’s how to follow:

The press conference begins at 1000 CEST on Friday 20 October.

We will post the video on our social media channels straight after, as well as the Volvo Ocean Race website.

Sign up to our Media Hub

This is where you can go to discover all the latest on the race, including crew lists, course maps and everything else!

Check out our Instagram ‘behind the scenes’ stories

We won’t hold back, first story will be posted at 09:30 CEST. Follow us on Instagram here.

Who said what?

We’ll be posting all the best quotes on our website in real time. You can find them at www.volvooceanrace.com

Make sure you follow us on Twitter

We’re at @volvoooceanrace… and we’ll be live tweeting the action, as well as sharing the best content from the teams, stakeholders and fans on our feed.

Download the app

It’s all-new, full of great content and fits on your mobile phone. Why wouldn’t you want the official Volvo Ocean Race app? Head to the App Store or Google Play to download it. It’s called Volvo Ocean Race.

Come down to the Race Village

Come and watch the conference in person. Best to arrive at 09:45 CEST, the press conference will be hosted in the Volvo Ocean Race Museum.

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Fluidmesh Networks selected as Official Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race| Volvo Ocean Race

Fluidmesh Networks selected as Official Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race

Fluidmesh, a leader in mission-critical wireless connectivity to large sites and in challenging environments, will bring its technology to the Volvo Ocean Race and its 12 host cities around the world.

Fluidmesh Networks was founded in 2005 by a team of researchers and visionaries from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Politecnico of Milan.

Fluidmesh technology will be used to reliably deliver fiber-like performance via unlicensed wireless spectrum – providing connectivity for mission-critical video, voice, and data, a critical need for the Volvo Ocean Race.

Fluidmesh mesh radios will be used to create a backbone mesh network between vessels and the shore and across the Race Villages during the In-Port races covering an area up to 10 square nautical miles.

“Our Race Village environments are often challenging for networks,” said Jordi Neves, the Chief Digital Officer of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“Fluidmesh state-of-the-start wireless mesh networks provide the flexibility, performance, and resilience we need to deliver a unique experience to the public and guests visiting any of our Race villages in 12 cities.”

“We are extremely excited to be able to partner with the Volvo Ocean Race and assist them with their networking and communication needs during the in-port races,” said Cosimo Malesci, Co-Founder and EVP Sales and Marketing at Fluidmesh Networks.

“We found in this race a great opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of our fast-roaming mesh networking technology. The demanding environmental conditions and the dynamic nature of the event are a sweet spot for our wireless solutions. As a company, we focus on delivering wireless connectivity in extremely challenging scenarios. We feel we couldn’t have found a better partner and event to prove our point.”

Fluidmesh Networks is an MIT spin-off that develops innovative wireless technology that is a critical enabler of the “Internet of Things.” We manufacture radios, and focus on delivering connectivity solutions in some of the most challenging environments in the world. Fluidmesh Networks is a critical element in the adoption of automation in industries such as security, entertainment, mining, rail, ports and terminal operations, material handling, robotics, and the military. Fluidmesh’ technology is used by government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and global conglomerates to maintain cutting edge operations and a competitive advantage.

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Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit brings ‘Clean Seas’ campaign pledge from Spain, new scientific programme| Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit brings ‘Clean Seas’ campaign pledge from Spain, new scientific programme

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“Our oceans are under attack” – Wendy Schmidt

The Volvo Ocean Race has used the first of seven Ocean Summits it is hosting around the world in 2017-18 to launch a unique programme that will gather data from parts of the oceans that are otherwise inaccessible to scientists – while the Spanish government pledged its backing for UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign.

Wednesday’s Ocean Summit in Alicante – held four days before the start of the 2017-18 edition of sailing’s 45-year-old race around the world – brought together politicians, scientists, business and sport to tackle the problem of ocean health, with a specific focus on plastic pollution.

As the world’s 14th largest economy, Spain’s declaration of support is a significant boost to the UN’s global campaign, which now boasts 32 member states and aims to ‘turn the tide on plastic’ by inspiring action from governments, businesses and individuals.

‘Over the past six years we have been developing Spain’s new Marine Strategy, and one of its main goals is to tackle marine litter,’ said Raquel Orts Nebot, Spain’s Director General for Coast and Sea Sustainability. ‘In this regard, I confirm that Spain is joining the UN Clean Seas Campaign, with the firm purpose of supporting this global initiative and contributing to its impact worldwide.’

Head of UN Environment, Erik Solheim said: “Spain’s engagement in this campaign sends an important message across the Mediterranean region and the world. Our oceans are fundamental to our survival that we must do everything we can to protect them.”

Mayor of Alicante Gabriel Echávarri promised that there would be no plastic bottles at any event he attends in an official capacity. He also announced an education campaign on plastic in all schools in the city.

Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation and Co-founder of 11th Hour Racing, told the Ocean Summit that the oceans were ‘under attack’.

“11th Hour Racing has been working since 2011 to engage sailors and the maritime industries to become advocates for a healthy ocean and we’ve seen a lot of conferences where people tell each other what they already know,” said Schmidt.

“What was special about this Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit is that this was a conference full of very creative thinkers. We’re all looking for answers. There are large companies here, small start-ups, NGOs and philanthropists, and everybody is trying to explore how to intervene with an innovative approach.

“We have to create a new plastic economy, develop new strategies, new technologies and new industries. Our goal is to make sure that this conversation happens everywhere. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, the oceans are our life support system.”

This sentiment was echoed by Kerstin Stranimaier, Director, Planet Possible for AkzoNobel: “We all need to open our eyes to new opportunities.”

The Science Programme is key to that goal of creating action to tackle plastic pollution, based on accurate data.

The Programme – made possible thanks to the support of Volvo Cars, and a consortium including NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), JCOMMOPS (UNESCO-IOC), GEOMAR and SubCtech – is comprised of three elements.

All of the racing yachts in the 2017-18 edition will send data back from the oceans every 10 seconds – recording temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction. This data will be passed on to NOAA and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. It will contribute to more accurate weather forecasts and climate models.

Secondly, during the four most isolated legs in the race, all seven yachts will carry drifter buoys equipped with satellite communications to transmit information on ocean composition and currents.

Thirdly, the Turn the Tide on Plastic team skippered by British yachtswoman Dee Caffari will carry instruments onboard to test salinity, dissolved CO2 and Chlorophyll-a (algae), and for the first time ever, microplastics, directly in the sea water around them.

These key metrics for ocean health will be logged in order to create a complete snapshot of parts of the world’s oceans scientists rarely, if ever, get to study.

“Volvo Cars is proud to support the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme and help improve our understanding of the health of the oceans,” said Niklas Kilberg, Volvo Cars’ Senior Manager for Sustainability. “This innovative project means that the boats are not just sailing in a top-level sporting competition, but they’re also undertaking scientific research.

“By collecting data from the remotest parts of the oceans they’ll be collecting vital information which can be used to help improve marine health, including tackling the growing problem of plastic pollution.”

Paulo Mirpuri, Founder of the Mirpuri Foundation commented: “The Volvo Ocean Race, besides being a sport competition, also attracts a lot of people and attention on to the sustainability problem. The Mirpuri Foundation is very proud to be a principal partner of the sustainability programme of the Volvo Ocean Race.”

“We believe that the Race is a global platform that allows us to communicate simultaneously our message and the message of the Ocean Summits to millions of people around the world. The Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summits are a very powerful tool for the Mirpuri Foundation and for all of the sustainability partners here today.”

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Sunset+Vine and Volvo Ocean Race announce race broadcast partners| Volvo Ocean Race

Sunset+Vine and Volvo Ocean Race announce race broadcast partners

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The Volvo Ocean Race and its global distribution agency Sunset+Vine, the TV sports producer and distributor, which is part of the Tinopolis Group, announced their initial list of broadcast partners this week in advance of the race start on 22 October 2017 with an emphasis on core countries featuring boats, stopovers and sailors in the race – and a shift towards digital coverage.

Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Samsung will bring race content to the most popular digital platforms in the world, while Spain (TVE/Teledeporte), Portugal (RTP), Brasil (TV Brasil), France (Sport+), South Africa (SuperSport), Australia (Fox Sports), New Zealand (Sky NZ), UK (Sky Sports) and Holland (NOS) all feature national channels or premier sports broadcasters covering the race programming throughout the nine months starting this month with the Volvo Ocean Race’s one hour race preview special.

Other premium broadcasters in top markets include J-Sport (Japan), Sport TV (Turkey), TG4 (Ireland) and Sweden’s TV3 Sport.

On the digital side, Sunset+Vine has delivered partnerships for the race with leading online and mobile platforms such as Sina.com (China), Twitter (Global), Tencent (China), Aftonbladet Sport (Sweden), Samsung (Asia) and OutsideTV.com (USA) to bring the race’s award-winning content to smartphones, desktops and tablets.

For this 13th edition of the race, all broadcast partners will feature more race content on their online digital platforms and via social media promotions and coverage then ever before.

The TV programming will consist of a one-hour race preview, nine 30-minute leg summary shows and a one-hour race review in August 2018 for seven hours of TV coverage. A full schedule is available at bottom.

In a move towards the consumer’s growing taste for short-form, easily-viewed mobile content, the race has shifted its video focus from traditional television to online digital content with several types of outputs, including:

• Regular live stream each month from the port stopovers to include 90-minute livestream coverage of the in-port races, leg starts and leg finishes

• Daily online update and analysis show from race HQ

• Weekly race highlight show to catch fans up on the racing action from that week of the leg

• Daily team updates including short and easily-accessible video content posted directly from the boats on social media and other shareable platforms

“With our new crew communicator, we will have video footage going right from the boats 3,000 miles at sea into the hands of sports and sailing fans in an instant,” said Leon Sefton, Head of Television, Volvo Ocean Race.

“Enhancing longer-form television content, we want fans to catch glimpses of our race and our incredible sailing footage on their social feeds via popular sports websites and on sports news shows in their home markets throughout the nine-months of this competition.”

The introduction of the Crew Communicator, a device that will allow the sailors to supply their own digital updates, including photos and short videos, direct from the oceans will have a big impact on what fans will see and how quickly they can see it following a rule change from the race which had previously banned Internet access to the teams in order to rule out any potential outside assistance from shore.

Andrew Piller, Head of Media Partnerships at Sunset+Vine, said, “Volvo has taken an exciting new digital-first approach to this race and Sunset+Vine is delighted to have played a key role in leveraging across not just traditional television networks but also the digital and social channels.

“There are more than 100 broadcasters taking the monthly programming output yet we are equally proud of the 70-plus digital channels broadcasting live including TV network .coms, international newspapers, sailing trade and OTT channels.”

“We’re pleased to see new partners on the digital side with tremendous reach and the potential for new fans to experience what the Volvo Ocean Race is all about,” said Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer at the Volvo Ocean Race.

“The new emphasis on digital content is a decision we made during the last cycle to provide raw and unfiltered content straight from the boats – to let the public and sports fans see what it’s like to sail around the world in some of the toughest possible conditions over 45,000 nautical miles.”

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 TV Programs (earliest air date)Episode 1 Race Preview October 27, 2017 60 minsEpisode 2 Leg 1 Recap November 17, 2017 30 minsEpisode 3 Leg 2 Recap December 15, 2017 30 minsEpisode 4 Leg 3 Recap January 12, 2018 30 minsEpisode 5 Leg 4 Recap February 9, 2018 30 minsEpisode 6 Leg 5/6 Recap March 16, 2018 30 minsEpisode 7 Leg 7 Recap April 20, 2018 30 minsEpisode 8 Leg 8 Recap May 25, 2018 30 minsEpisode 9 Leg 9 Recap June 15, 2018 30 minsEpisode 10 Leg 10/11 Recap July 6, 2018 30 minsEpisode 11 Full Race Review August 1, 2018 60 minsVolvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Online Livestream Schedule (on-air times CET)Alicante In-Port Race October 14, 2017 13h50 CEST Alicante Leg 1 Start October 22, 2017 13h30 CESTLisbon In-Port Race November 3, 2017 14h50 CETLisbon Leg 2 Start November 5, 2017 14h45 CETCape Town In-Port Race December 8, 2017 12h50 CETCape Town Leg 3 Start December 10, 2017 12h45 CETMelbourne Leg 4 Start January 2, 2018 04h15 CETHong Kong In-Port Race January 27, 2018 06h50 CETGuangzhou In-Port Race February 3, 2018 05h50 CETGuangzhou Leg 5 Start February 5, 2018 05h45 CETHong Kong Leg 6 Start February 7, 2018 06h45 CETAuckland In-Port Race March 10, 2018 01h50 CETAuckland Leg 7 Start March 18, 2018 01h45 CETItajai In-Port Race April 20, 2018 18h50 CETItajai Leg 8 Start  April 22, 2018 18h45 CETNewport In-Port Race May 19, 2018 19h50 CETNewport Leg 9 Start May 20, 2018 19h45 CETCardiff In-Port Race June 8, 2018 14h50 CETCardiff Leg 10 Start June 10, 2018 14h45 CETGothenburg In-Port Race June 17, 2018 13h50 CETGothenburg Leg 11 Start June 21, 2018 13h45 CETThe Hague In-Port Race June 30, 2018 13h50 CETFor further information on Sunset+Vine contact:
Greg Moore, Head of PR M: +971 (0)55 885 4734 E: greg.moore@sunsetvine.comAbout SUNSET+VINESunset+Vine is a global force in sports production, distribution and commercial services, covering a huge range of large scale live sports events for broadcasters, digital platforms and audiences around the world – with a portfolio spanning from the Commonwealth Games, International Cricket and Athletics to the English Premier League, Premiership Rugby, Motorsport and Sailing. It is the primary production partner for BT Sport producing the channel’s live English Premier League Football and Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and all support programming.The company has spearheaded innovation in sports coverage for over 20 years – from its award-winning Cricket coverage for Channel 4, to transforming the way Disability Sport had been produced and presented during the 2012 Paralympics. It has won over 40 broadcast awards including ten Royal Television Society awards and six BAFTA’s for its work.In addition to covering large scale live sport events, Sunset+Vine has an impressive portfolio of magazine and studio shows and branded content propositions, allowing viewers to dive deeper into the sports they love – ranging from the world’s most watched weekly sports’ show, Gillette World Sport, to Mobil 1 The Grid, The World Sailing Show, Rugby Tonight on BT Sport and C5 shows Football League Tonight and Cricket on 5 as well as CNN Mainsail [sailing], CNN Winning Post [horse racing] and CNN EQ [equestrian].Sunset+Vine has a growing digital production division that produces digital content and optimises that content on social platforms for federations, teams and events. Its client portfolio includes the FIE, ECB, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Aston Villa Football Club, Youth Olympics and Henley Royal Regatta. These projects combine production with distribution / syndication where production team develop the creative treatment and delivery and its Media Partnerships division ‘add value’ either through viewers on television, fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or direct watches through an organisation .com.

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