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On-The-Water Anarchy To Broadcast Action From Race Village And Start

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On-The-Water Anarchy To Broadcast Action From Race Village And Start

THE start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS is set to be one of the biggest sporting spectacles of the year. But don't worry if you can't make it to La Rochelle for the race start tomorrow - you can now watch all the action streamed live over the internet.

After a morning testing and mapping broadband signals two miles out to sea from La Rochelle, the US-based producers of On-The-Water Anarchy have confirmed that they will stream live video and audio from the shoreside ceremonies and start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010 via the internet. The On-The-Water Anarchy team will then capture all the excitement and emotion of the departure ceremony and continue broadcasting from the race village until 2pm. Coverage will resume prior to the race start at 4pm. "We're extremely excited to be here, both to support US entry Brad Van Liew's Le Pingouin and to set the stage for what we think will be months of great reality TV-style internet viewing provided by the skippers of the VELUX 5 OCEANS to fans of ocean racing all over the world," said Alan Block, producer of On-The-Water Anarchy. Block's team will offer a free live video stream of the farewell ceremonies from the VELUX Race Village, and will then move aboard a coverage yacht to follow the skippers as they set off for the first leg of this epic and historic solo race. The coverage will include real time video along with commentary in both French and English mixed with previously recorded interviews and footage from La Rochelle, and will feature an interactive chat screen that allows the audience to talk with broadcasters during the webcast. On-The-Water Anarchy is the live video production arm of US-based Sailing Anarchy, the world's most-viewed sailing website, and their production will mark the first time the VELUX 5 OCEANS has seen live streaming web coverage in the history of the race. "Our webcasts are grassroots affairs designed to showcase our sport to the public in a simple and compelling way," Block said.

"We hope that friends and families of the skippers and fans of the VELUX 5 OCEANS and of solo ocean racing tune in to our coverage, and we wish the skippers the best of luck in their sprint to Cape Town."

You can watch the live feed at , or download the iPhone app or Android app to watch it from your mobile device. Once the race starts, the VELUX 5 OCEANS website will switch to a dedicated race viewer, integrating the latest news, videos, photographs and onboard journals.

Fleet position reports will be issued in six-hour intervals at midday, 6pm, midnight and 6am. Fans can access the all the latest news including race videos, onboard journals, race updates and race photos as well as track their favourite yachts or skippers.

iPhone users can download iRace, the VELUX 5 OCEANS iPhone application. iRace is set to revolutionise the way fans follow ocean racing.

Photographs, videos, breaking news and onboard race journals will all be streamed directly to the iPhone alongside up to date 2D and 3D position reports from all the skippers. When something happens, iRace users will be the first to know about it. Never before has it been so easy to get so close to the lives of the skippers as they battle it out in some of the worst conditions known to man.

You can download iRace from the iPhone app store or by clicking here. The VELUX 5 OCEANS, run by Clipper Ventures PLC, is the longest running solo round the world race, and has 28 years of rich heritage as the BOC Challenge and then the Around Alone.

This edition features five ocean sprints over nine months. After setting off on October 17 from La Rochelle to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador in Brazil and Charleston in the US before returning back across the Atlantic to France.

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