Channel 4 is to broadcast the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in a two-part documentary
If you were one of the 16,000 sailors who took part in the Round the Island Race this year, you will have the chance to re-live your race through a two-part Channel 4 documentary airing this month. Part one will air Saturday 13 November at 07:30, part two the following Saturday.
Every year in June over 16,000 sailors, from Olympic gold medallists and world champions to family crews and those trying their hand at racing for the first time, compete in this unique yacht race around the Isle of Wight that is organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes.
The two-part programme, produced by Sunset+Vine|APP in association with Channel 4, tells the story of four very different personalities, each with special reasons to compete in the 2010 race. The first part of the documentary takes the viewer into the day-to-day world of each of the four sailors, as they prepare for the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. The second part is filmed during the race itself with onboard cameras showing the highs and the lows as they compete against a fleet of some 1,700 boats.
The first to feature is professional multihull sailor, Loick Peyron, skippering Oman Sail – the boat that crossed the finish line first in 2009.
The other characters include Welsh surgeon Paul Rhys-Davies, a rookie to racing, Cowes-based boat designer Jo Richards, and Dennise Shepherd, who set herself the goal to compete in the race after beating breast cancer.
See below for a two-minute preview
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