Reality TV takes on ocean racing

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Exodus Film Group secured North American rights to an 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.

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

The series will feature skippers sailing Eco 60 racing yachts, recording the action at sea.

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Click play above to watch a promotional video of the Velux 5 Oceans. Mobile users can click here to watch it on YouTube.

"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 says 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."

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

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 to Salvador, Brazil; the fourth to Charleston, S.C.; and the fifth back to La Rochelle.

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