Less than two months after announcing their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya started their 2,000 miles qualifying sail from Hamble in England on Thursday down to Alicante in Span, according to the organizing committee.

Richard Mason, 36, as an experienced helmsman, is going to ensure the crew to complete their following preparations. It is his fourth time to take part in the race.

It is estimated that more than 57 TV media from 50 countries around the world have confirmed to broadcast the competition event. Guangdong TV Sports Channel is the first Chinese TV media to sign the agreement with Volvo Ocean Race Headquarters for the race coverage.

"TV media from all the countries have shown more interest in it than ever. In 2008-2009 race, the event has attracted a total of 1.327 billion global audience. I believe that the number of global audience watching the tournament will break the last session record”, said Adam Kelly, Senior Vice President & Marketing Director, IMG Media.

In the upcoming race this October, the headquarters will provide 43-hour programs to the national television media including the race documentaries, event highlights and live broadcast.

Translated by WOS Team
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