1080 Media TV Retained as Host Broadcaster for third documentary series


UK based 1080 Media Organisation to produce and distribute 2017-18 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

  • Major deal signed at Sportel for long-form, news, live and on-line package
  • The Race of Their Lives ‘Most compelling human adventure sports show’
  • “A gritty portrayal of real people facing harsh reality, triumph and tragedy”

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 Season 3 promo: https://youtu.be/rzvlim3eubs 


UK based rights holder Clipper Ventures Plc has announced it will retain the 1080 Media Organisation as Official Host Broadcaster for the eleventh edition of the unique biennial ocean endurance challenge for every-day people that is the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

“1080 Media TV did an outstanding job producing and distributing our TV news, social media, long-form and live content for our 2015-16 edition, reaching over 150 territories around the world,” said Clipper Ventures Global Business and Communications Director Jonathan Levy on signing the deal at the sports TV market Sportel in Monaco today.

“We developed the new human adventure format for our global TV series with 1080; The Race of Their Lives comprises 7 x 1 hour (52-minute) shows which have been taken by broadcasters as each episode is delivered during the Clipper Race and again post event as a full series. The second season is already picking up awards for its gritty portrayal of real people facing harsh reality, triumph and tragedy. We decided to maintain the momentum and interest by committing to a third season now. I feel it is the most compelling human adventure sports show of its type,” added Levy, who is also Executive Producer.

1080 Media TV said it was delighted to retain the rights for a third season to produce and distribute the global long-form official TV series, live feeds, news and social media packages. “We will continue to develop a strong multiplatform approach which maximises traditional broadcast and new digital media opportunities for a strong global brand like the Clipper Race,” said Founder and CEO of the 1080 Media Organisation, Cliff Webb.

“We aim to build the international distribution even further for the 2017-18 Clipper Race series and we are still receiving strong interest in the second award-winning season of The Race of Their Lives which is now available as a full series following the completion of the last edition this summer. Broadcasters are also keen to extend rights for a third season.”


Not for the elite, this is for every-day people, from all walks of life, who take on the world’s toughest endurance challenge: The Clipper Race is undoubtedly the greatest ocean adventure on the planet with 700 people, spanning three generations and 42 nationalities board the one-design fleet of twelve identical 70-foot racing yachts competing in a series of 14 races between six continents, notching up almost 50,000 miles over 11 months.  Many are novices and have never sailed before their extensive training. It’s a challenge that tests the physical and mental boundaries of everyone involved as they take on ‘Mother Nature’ in the raw from hurricane force winds to frustrating doldrums, freezing temperatures and blistering heat.

 *The Race of Their Lives 2 was voted Best Sports Documentary Series (UK) in the TMT Media Awards


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Jonathan Levy, Global Business and Communications Director, Clipper Ventures

Mobile: +44 7813 948385   [email protected]     www.clipperrroundtheworld.com


Cliff Webb, CEO, 1080 Media Organisation

Mobile +44 7900 696724   [email protected]    www.1080media.org

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Clipper Ventures 20th Anniversary Ball

Without doubt, one of the best evenings of the year – lots of hard work from our team, but a glittering night!

Staged in the fabulous Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park lane in London, our team was responsible for all the sound, the screens, the lighting and the camera coverage as 600 guests celebrated this amazing milestone in Clipper Ventures history.

We had a table of guests there too and were honoured to be a partner to the Clipper Race and mentioned on their wall of fame.

Circumnavigator Richard Edwards also produced this excellent video for us which opened the evening:

The familiar Clipper Race sailing attire was swapped for dinner jackets, bow ties and glamourous dresses this weekend in the sublime setting of the Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

More than 600 crew and skippers, plus supporters, staff and partners from the years celebrated twenty years of the greatest ocean adventure on the planet, and helped raise our Unicef fundraising total to a staggering £330,000, with many proceeds still to be added.

On the landmark celebrations, Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Myself and William are incredibly proud to be here with you all, celebrating the Clipper Race’s twentieth anniversary.

“I created the race as I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience what I, and very few others had been fortunate to experience. A circumnavigation is one of the toughest, but most powerful experiences you can have in life.

“The challenges of crossing an ocean, digging deep with your crew mates to reach a finish line in a race which often seems never-ending, and overcoming the fatigue of facing Mother Nature’s fiercest faces, provides you with an incredible opportunity to exceed ordinary human limits.

“Couple this with the incredible highs and jubilant celebrations that come with completing something that few people on this planet dare to experience and you know why the Clipper Race is so special. It is an achievement which lasts a lifetime. It can never be taken away from you, no matter how many years pass or how life continues,” Sir Robin added.

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous three course dinner ahead of an engaging charity auction which raised in excess of £80,000 for Unicef. The top lot of the evening, a sail for four people on board Suhaili with Sir Robin went for two bids totalling £20,000 after the successful first bidder paid £10,000 but then rather amusingly declared he got seasick easily and didn’t want to actually go out on the water, so re-entered the prize.

Lily Caprani, Unicef Deputy Executive Director, told the crowd: “The Clipper Race is where individuals challenge themselves to do things that are difficult, to overcome their fears and be courageous and to really go that extra mile, and they do it all around the world. That is very similar to what Unicef does in its aim to keep children safe around the planet so it makes perfect sense to me that we partner together and help to change other people’s lives in the process.

“We are incredibly grateful to Sir Robin and William who made this partnership possible and to everyone who has supported Unicef through the Clipper Race. We look forward to working more together as this fantastic partnership continues.”

Proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle, and interactive heads and shoulders game are yet to be added to the overall Unicef fundraising total.

During the evening, CEO William Ward, whose son Andrew was the youngest person to take part in the first race, said: “I was initially drawn into the Clipper Race based on the early crew applications and the overwhelming enthusiasm people showed towards the challenge.

“Over the years we’ve shared incredible achievements in outstanding places around the world and built a very exclusive network which feels much like a family in the process. Sir Robin has grown to be one of my closest friends over the years. Like any business, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, especially in the early years when we were working hard to get it off the ground, but whenever it seemed the world was against us we stood shoulder to shoulder. That sort of bond is hard to find.

“I thank all those who have dared to live a life less ordinary, our business partners who share our ambitions and have used our unique platform for incredible results, and our team who work tirelessly round the clock and round the world to provide this once-in-a-lifetime experience and help us to keep the race evolving on its journey.”

Familiar faces of the Clipper Race family unsurprisingly took the Clipper Race party spirit into full swing when Harry Hammersmith & the Flyovers got everyone clambering to the dance floor, before party band MadHen took over as the night continued and almost raised the roof of the Great Hall with its mad mash up style of classic and modern dance hits.

186 crew departed Plymouth for the Clipper 96 Race on Wednesday 16 October on board eight 60-foot yachts for a race route based on that taken by the historic tea clippers. Today, more than 700 people take part on a third generation fleet of twelve 70 foot yachts, and the race is also used as a powerful business platform for destinations and leading brands, but the raw experience and challenge is the same as crew pit themselves against Mother Nature.