Channel 4 to broadcast documentary on 13th November at 7.30am

A two-part

Channel 4 documentary on the Round the Island Race, its sailors, boats and history, airs this month. Called ‘a must-watch for all sports and

sailing fans’, Part 1 will air Saturday 13th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4 and Part 2 goes out on Saturday 20th November 2010, at 7.30am on Channel 4.

You can watch a preview below:

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


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 a professional multihull sailor, Loick

Peyron. He is skippering the boat that crossed the finish line first in

2009. The team from OMAN SAIL are back to try and make it two in a

row, racing one of the world’s fastest sailboats. Can Loick repeat the

team’s success? The pressure is on!

The next character is Welsh surgeon Paul Rhys-Davies. Experience-wise he

is a polar opposite to Loick. Paul is a newcomer to the world of

sailing and hasn’t even entered a race before! He is determined to

finish his 50-nautical mile lap of the Isle of Wight with his rookie

crew but their pre-race training doesn’t go to plan and Paul is so

nervous that he is unable to sleep the night before the race.

Having competed in the race numerous times, a man who understands the

handicap system well is Cowes-based designer Jo Richards. For the 2010

edition he decided to design and build a small boat to race. He knew it

would take much longer than most boats to finish the race, yet owing to

its handicap rating, his boat named Moonshadow could still win

the coveted Gold Roman Bowl. The story of Jo Richards begins with a race

against time to complete the build of his boat, obtain a rating and

make it to the start line.

The final competitor is competing not to win but to celebrate beating

cancer. Dennise Shepherd is in recovery from breast cancer and has set

herself the goal to complete the J.P Morgan Asset Management Round the

Island Race to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, the charity that

supported her through her treatment.  Dennise, from Chester, is used to

sailing her tiny Mirror dinghy on a small lake, so competing in a fleet

of over 1,700 yachts on open sea will be a massive and emotional

learning curve.

For a two minute preview log onto:

Channel 4

Saturday, 13th November 2010 at 7.30am


Saturday, 20th November 2010 at 7.30am.