Velux 5 Oceans race goes reality TV

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Exodus Film Group secured North American rights to the upcoming reality series based on the Velux 5 Oceans race, and will partner with Phil Keoghan of "The Amazing Race" as co-producer and host.

The new series will feature skippers sailing alone around the world aboard Eco 60 racing yachts, recording the action at sea.

Exodus is currently seeking a North American distribution partner for the show.

"Extreme adventure sports have been captured many times, but what makes this race so unique is the world's best sailors will take on the unforgiving oceans alone," Keoghan said in a statement. "This is a fantastic opportunity to share a physical and mental challenge that will test competitors beyond what seems humanly possible and at the same time highlight the planet's awe-inspiring oceans."

In what is sure to be compelling footage, viewers will not only see Cape Horn and remote ocean landscapes, but also the emotion and physical aspects of single-handing a sailboat around the world.

Run by Clipper Ventures PLC, the Velux 5 Oceans begins in France and spans nine months, with stopovers in South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and the United States.

The race's first leg starts Oct. 17 in La Rochelle and ends in Cape Town, South Africa. The second leg takes sailors to Wellington, New Zealand; the third leg to Salvador, Brazil; the fourth leg to Charleston, S.C.; and the fifth leg back to La Rochelle.

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