Volvo Ocean Race: TV Skipper Interviews, News Footage & Race Route Animation Available Online

Volvo Ocean RaceAlicante, Spain – Dockside tensions are mounting in Alicante as the countdown to the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race in its 38-year history enters its final stage.

The Iberdrola In-Port Race, a close-quarters sprint around a short course takes place this Saturday, October 29, and marks the start of the 2011-12 edition of the world’s toughest and longest professional yacht race. Months of preparation and training will be put to the test as the fleet of state-of-the-art 70ft racing yachts go head-to-head in Alicante Bay at 1400 local time (1200 UTC) in the first points-scoring race of the event.

The six teams will then face their biggest challenge – 6,500 nautical miles of gruelling ocean racing from Alicante through the Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa, starting on November 5.

To mark the final days of preparation, Volvo Ocean Race Television department has launched a new video download platform this week for easy access to news footage throughout the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Volvo Ocean Race Broadcast Room: www.volvooceanrace.com/broadcastroom.

With this platform, TV outlets can download a wide-variety of preview footage, including the always-popular 2011-12 Race Route Animation, one of the most downloaded videos from the entire 2008-09 race.

The animated map tracks the race course from Alicante, Spain across the globe to the finish in Galway, Ireland next July with 3D flyovers of ports in Alicante, Abu Dhabi, Auckland and Galway along the way.

Key elements for TV broadcasters available on the Volvo Ocean Race Broadcast Room now:
• 2011-12 Race Route Animation
• 2011-12 Trophy Footage
• 6 Skippers Pre-Race Interviews in English
• Skippers Quotes in Spanish (Iker Martinez)
• Skippers Quotes in French (Franck Cammas)
• 5-minutes of footage from the Qualifying Race on October 7-9
• Team Footage of all 6 teams in the race

Non-rights holding TV broadcasters are permitted to use this footage for editorial & news pieces around the race, but must inquire with the Volvo Ocean Race television team about a license for features outside of news coverage and/or historical footage.

Volvo Ocean Race rights-holders have unlimited access to Volvo Ocean Race footage.

Throughout the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, there will be weekly news VNRs (in English, Spanish & French) and special news feeds around breaking news.

To receive the monthly VNR schedule or for other footage & licensing requests, please email directly: television@volvooceanrace.com.

For more information visit volvooceanrace.com.