TV Yachts Partners With The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series Association

TV Yachts partners with Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series for Cowes Grand Prix

[UKPRwire, Tue Apr 28 2009] TV Yachts, the first dedicated television channel to showcase the world’s finest sailing and motorised yachts, announces it will be the official broadcast partner for the fourth leg of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series (Association) (HF4SA) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, 29 – 30 August 2009. Racing under the umbrella of the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), which is responsible for famous races such as the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes, on Saturday; and under its own steam on Sunday, the Honda fleet is set to fight it out for the ultimate championship title and reign supreme as kings and queens of the sea. Hailed as the largest off-shore powerboat series in the world, the 2009 event promises more boats than ever before and is free to attend.

TV Yachts, which launched at the 2008 PSP Southampton Boat Show last September and has since covered the London International Boat Show and exhibited at the Sail, Power and Watersport Show at Earls Court, rapidly earned a reputation as the broadcast choice for all things yacht related.

Edward Brereton, TV Yachts channel coordinator, explains: “We knew TV Yachts would be a success from the start, but even we are astounded at how quickly our popularity took off. The Honda partnership is a wonderful testament to this and we look forward to an explosive weekend of adrenaline and action with the teams, as well as documenting them in the lead up to the big race.”

TV Yachts will be working with Honda’s promotions agent, Vogue PR, in order to film interviews and behind the scenes footage with the competing teams as they prepare for the tough series ahead. Taking place over five Grand Prix weekends throughout the UK, the HF4SA championship is a one-design series, meaning all engines and boats are identical and modifications are strictly forbidden. As well as testing driver and navigator skills to the maximum, this also makes HF4SA one of the most affordable and accessible forms of motor sport, allowing the ordinary enthusiast to compete in a competitive championship at a national level.

Abbie James, director of Vogue PR, comments: “The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year and will be revisiting some of the most popular race venues throughout the 2009 race tour. Cowes has been placed high on this list for the fantastic scenery, facilities and historic association with powerboat racing.”

She continues: “To help mark this occasion, TV Yachts has been approached by the HF4SA to film the special event as a media partner. The Series is delighted with this backing and is keen to make a great impact on the crowds set to gather at the event in August.”

The 2009 season race calendar kicks off with the Pwllheli Grand Prix, 9 – 10 May; followed by the Plymouth Grand Prix, 20 – 21 June; Lowestoft Grand Prix 25 – 26 July; Cowes Grand Prix 29 – 30 August; and the Isle of Man Grand Prix, 19 – 20 September.

TV Yachts is broadcast on the Global Digital Broadcast (GDBTV) platform and is available online around the world, via the own website and GDBTV’s Go UK TV portal; and on television sets via the Something TV service in the United Kingdom and the IPQube service in Canada.

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Notes to editors

About TV Yachts:
TV Yachts gives an exclusive opportunity to get inside the world’s top yachts. Whether moored in Monaco or cruising the Caribbean, TV Yachts brings together the most exotic yachts for sale and for show, providing a never seen before insight to an international world of sea-faring luxury.

Whether you are looking to purchase one of these incredible aquatic mansions today, or you simply wish to peruse the attractions on offer and refine your retirement dreams, TV Yachts will provide all the specifications you need in order to make a formative and educated decision. With detailed descriptions of the top ports and amenities, mooring fees for the world leading destinations and listings for international boat yards, TV Yachts offers everything you need to own, maintain, or even sell your yacht.

About the Honda F4SA:
The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series Association (HF4SA) is the largest off-shore powerboat championship in the world. It was launched, with the help of eight-times Class 1 World Powerboat Champion, Steve Curtis MBE, in 1999 in order to showcase the performance of its newly launched BF130 4-stroke outboard. Since its creation, HF4S has fundamentally changed powerboat racing in the UK and its rapid development has seen it grow from just five teams competing in a single 130hp class in 1999, to more than twenty-five teams competing in two classes (150hp and 225hp) in 2006.

About Global Digital Broadcast:
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Brighton, East Sussex, Global Digital Broadcast (GDBTV) provides technical services in order to enable internet protocol television (IPTV) to be delivered by broadcasters around the world, to viewers around the world. It is the first to develop and implement such a comprehensive, end-to-end, IPTV application, including the G-Studio middleware; an IP set-top box (IP-STB); the online virtual set-top box (VSTB) application; secure age verification processes; and its pioneering MyPVR application, which enables the user/viewer to access previously screened programmes, including saving them in full.

GDBTV maintains and operates IPTV networks in America with SuncasTV, delivering Asian content across the US and globally; US based and Canal Sur run Via America, which delivers Latin and Brazilian content across the USA and Europe; Canada based IPQube which delivers Filipino content to the US and Canada; and Something TV in the United Kingdom. Further networks planned for 2009 include Brunei, Malaysia and Australia. GDBTV can deliver to 86 countries worldwide, has existing clients in over 30 countries; and territory IP-STB re-sellers positioned in Germany, Sweden, Chicago, L.A., China and Canada.

About Something TV:
Something is a British communications and broadcast company which has incorporated high-definition and digital technologies in order to provide a triple-play package including IPTV, telephone and broadband services; radio, online communities, wireless and mobile. Something TV provides an extensive range of top quality and niche programming within the United Kingdom via the set-top box service; and can deliver to 86 countries worldwide online. Something TV currently offers over 100 channels and a selection of linear and video-on-demand (VoD) programming.

About IP Qube:
Based in Canada, IP Qube specialises in Filipino content and offers bundles of home community specific programming to consumers within the United States and Canada, by taking channels from the Philippines and giving them to consumers within the North America regions. IP Qube offers over a dozen live channels and an extensive library of video-on-demand (VoD).

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