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US Sailing, NBC Sports partner to present World Sailing’s Hempel World Cup Series

by Jake Fish, Communications Manager 9 Feb 10:09 PST

US Sailing and the NBC Sports Group are partnering to present World Sailing's prestigious Hempel World Cup Series to U.S. viewers on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA a network dedicated to year-round coverage of Olympic sports competitions and athletes, and will televise competition from World Sailing's Hempel World Cup Series in 2019-2020, a first for U.S. viewers. The Hempel World Cup Series, organized by World Sailing, is an annual series of Olympic-class sailing featuring the world's best sailors.

The series of one-hour shows will debut Sunday, February 10, at 6 p.m. ET, showcasing races from last week's Hempel World Cup Series stop in Miami, Fla. This event is the largest Olympic-class regatta held in North America. All televised coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Coverage Schedule of 2019 the Hempel World Cup Series:

  • Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m. EST Miami
  • Friday, May 3, 7 p.m. EST Genoa, Italy
  • Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. EST Marseille, France
Medal Races from Hempel World Cup Series events will also be available to live stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. Last weekend's Medal Races on February 2 and 3 from Miami are also available to watch online.

"As the U.S. home of the Olympics through 2032, we're excited to provide even more coverage of the excitement and beauty of sailing, which has been an Olympic sport since the modern Games began in 1896," said Jim Bell, President, Production and Programming, NBC Olympics. "Part of sailing's appeal is that the athletes not only compete against each other, but also against the sea, which always provides for compelling television."

"We are very pleased to enter a new US Sailing partnership with NBC Sports Group to showcase the sport of sailing to an American audience through the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA," said Peter Glass, Chief Marketing Officer of US Sailing. "Through our collaborative partnership with World Sailing, this will allow sailing fans a premiere viewing experience and consistent ability to follow US Sailing Team athletes competing against the world's best around the globe. This partnership represents a key step forward, as US Sailing is committed to attracting new fans and building sport participation."

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