Derry-Londonderry-Doire to feature on Clipper TV series

The Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht and the Clipper Round the World stopover in the city are set to feature on two new television series which will be distributed to international broadcasters by BBC Worldwide.

It means the estimated 3.3 billion cumulative audience that has already experienced the race in over 200 countries is set to grow even further.

The shows are being previewed at Sportel, the world’s largest annual sports TV market, this week in Monaco.

“We are receiving an extremely positive response to the new TV series,” said Global Business and Communications Director, Jonathan Levy, who is participating in the Sportel convention.

“We have created two different series to capture both sides of the Clipper Race.

“One follows the adrenaline fuelled fierce competition between teams as points are claimed in the 16-race series, building to the final champion’s podium; while the other focuses on individual crew stories as they take on the immense human challenge, confronting Mother Nature in the raw,” he added.

The latest independent evaluation of media coverage of the 2013-14 edition by Kantar Media shows a huge growth in global audiences, virtually trebling the news media reach of the previous race.

The media report is only an interim evaluation and with more than a thousand news items still to be added and the TV series yet to air, it’s projected that the final audience achieved could be well in excess of 4.5 billion.

The full report will be published later in the year.

“The Clipper Race is capturing the imagination of audiences around the world, not only because it is compelling viewing but also because it could be them.

“Our crew members achieve something remarkable, racing across oceans and, for many, circumnavigating the planet – no experience necessary as we provide all the training. It’s very inspiring!” said Mr Levy.

The Race of Their Lives is eight half hour programmes which capture the emotional rollercoaster in an adventure series which sees this challenge through the experiences of key characters on the race.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is nine half-hour sports TV shows following the fierce competition around the world in the 2013-14 edition.