More than 25 international and national broadcasters have signed up to take television coverage of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships next month.
The Sailing World Championships, with ten Olympic class world titles at stake, is the biggest international sailing event of the year as well as the major qualifier for sailing at next year's London Olympic Games.
The 16 day championship regatta is being sailed off Fremantle between 3 - 18 December with some 1200 sailors and 850 boats from almost 80 nations taking part.
Television coverage of the World Championships to more than 60 countries will be coordinated by the appointed Host Broadcaster, British production house Sunset + Vine APP. Live Medal Race coverage, daily highlights and international news coverage will all be available in High Definition
"The broadcast will take the event and its sporting stars worldwide, from the first step of the opening ceremony to the last medal presentation, via an exciting programme of sailing in one of the world's best sailing locations,"
said Andrew Preece, of Sunset + Vine APP.
Live coverage in Australia will be produced by the Sydney media company 5 Oceans Media for the Ten Network and its high definition channel, One.
The Perth 2011 broadcasts will include the latest developments in animated tracking and graphics to show the positions of boats on the water. The French company BeTomorrow has been contracted by Sunset + Vine APP to provide the 3-D graphics that will complement the live television coverage.
Perth 2011 Event Director John Longley said that BeTomorrow would also be contracted to provide the animated 3-D images of daily racing to be shown on a big screen located at the Worlds Village in Fremantle's Esplanade Park.
"The combination of live pictures and the virtual reality of 3-D animation brings the excitement of close, fast sailing to a new level,"
Longley said. "Spectators in Fremantle will have the best of both worlds - the ability to watch the medal races close to shore in Bathers Bay or to follow the racing on more distant courses on the large screen, complete with explanatory graphics and commentary."
The local company Azure Helicopters will carry the cameras providing aerial coverage of the racing off Fremantle.
There will be daily news from the Opening Ceremony and then every day of sailing; daily 26-minute highlights programming on every day of racing and live multi-camera coverage of all of the ten Medal Races.