Immediately off a new national distribution agreement with Comcast XFinity TV, America’s active lifestyle leader, Outside Television has entered into a new partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race to provide America’s TV audience high-definition action coverage of all 10 in-port legs of the worldwide event, beginning in June.
This year’s regatta, the first ever to feature teams representing China and the United Arab Emirates, is one of the closest in the 11-time history of the event, with Team Telefonica leading Groupama Sailing Team, and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand and PUMA Ocean Racing fast at their stern, entering the Port of Miami. After its last brief dock in U.S. waters, the race heads east on its final 6,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic to ports in Lisbon, Lorient and the final July 8 in Galway, Ireland.
“The Volvo Ocean Race has a staggering history of pitting the best of each nation’s sailors against not only one another but also against the natural elements,” says Rob Faris, senior vice president of programming for Outside Television. “This is one of the truly rare spectacles of the open sea that challenges the will of anyone who possesses the combination of skill and bravery to enter.”