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27 November 2017 | Sunset+Vine

Global TV sports producer and distributor, Sunset+Vine has been appointed by World Sailing as its host broadcast and distribution partner for the Aarhus 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships. The announcement was made, today, to delegates attending the World Yacht Racing Forum, also taking place in Aarhus, Denmark.

Under the terms of the contract, Sunset+Vine will produce and distribute eight days of live Internet coverage of the qualification series [2-8 August] plus four days of live television coverage of each of the 10 Medal Races [9-12 August]. In addition, Sunset+Vine will produce, and internationally distribute, four medal race day highlights programmes to television and digital broadcasters worldwide. Further, Sunset+Vine’s Media Partnerships division will create and distribute all news, digital and broadcast coverage from the championships.

The Aarhus 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships will be the largest world championships in history. It will feature all ten Olympic sailing classes plus Kiteboarding. Some 1500 participants from over 100 nations will compete in 1100 sailboats over two weeks in a bid to win World Championship medals and, for many, to seek qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Andrew Preece, Executive Director at Sunset+Vine, said:

“We are honoured that World Sailing has entrusted Sunset+Vine to be host broadcaster of their Olympic classes World Championships for a third time in succession. The World Championships is the largest Olympic classes regatta on the four-year cycle and is an important touch point for broadcasters worldwide as they plan their coverage and identify their medal hopes in the run in to Tokyo.

“It is our job to provide the very best coverage using helicopters, drones and, in conjunction with SAP Analytics/Sailtracks, 3d animations and on-board cameras. Combined this approach will help to build the profiles of star performers in Aarhus and provide them with a platform in their own territories as the Olympics approaches.”

World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt commented:

The Aarhus 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships is second only to the Olympic Sailing Competition and it is vital that the sport is presented in a way to capture the imagination of those watching on-shore, online and their television.

“Sunset+Vine have an excellent track record of delivering world class productions within sailing and we are pleased to have partnered with them for Aarhus 2018. Sunset+Vine’s production coupled with in-depth analysis from SAP Sailing Analytics and exceptional distribution services will ensure sailing reaches and inspires millions more to engage with the sport worldwide.”

Sunset+Vine is a world-leader in sailing TV production and distribution. It has a long history with the Volvo Ocean Race spanning three Host Broadcaster and distribution appointments plus the programme and digital distribution of the current race. The company has produced the BBC’s sailing coverage for the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics as well as providing production services for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda which included news distribution and UK live and highlights programming for BT Sport and the BBC.

Sunset+Vine’s relationship with World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has seen them be host broadcaster and distribution partner for the previous two Sailing World Championships in Perth (2011) and Santander (2014). In addition, Sunset+Vine produces the monthly grand prix sailing magazine series The World Sailing Show which is licenced to World Sailing as the official television series of the international federation. Sunset+Vine’s Media Partnership division also distributes all news, digital and broadcast coverage of Sailing World Cup Series.

The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 takes place between 30th July and 12th August 2018.



For more information, please contact:

Greg Moore, Head of PR, Sunset+Vine