Matthew Sheahan is the new Lendy Cowes Week Radio reporter for 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sunset+Vine’s Head of Performance Sailing and the producer of the World Sailing Show will join Cowes Radio’s long term anchor man Simon Vigar to report live on the action afloat from the famous blue RIB throughout Lendy Cowes Week. 

Matt takes over from Dick Johnson, the former voice of Cowes Week, who retired last year after a 31 year stint at the helm.

“It was Dick who gave me my first job in journalism at Yachting World 25 years ago, so I know better than most that these are big boots to fill,” said Matt. 

“Dick and the team did a wonderful job of bringing this fantastic event to life, not just for those taking part, but for the many thousands who tuned in and wished they could be there.

“Aside from being one of the biggest regattas in the world, Lendy Cowes Week is very special to me. My first was in 1975 and since then, whether racing, reporting or both, there are very few that I’ve missed. 

“From the top professionals, to those taking part simply for the fun of it, from modern carbon rocket ships to traditional classics, there is simply nothing like it in the world. I can’t wait to get out there.”

Adding to a growing list of sailing clients which includes World Sailing, Volvo Ocean Race and, of course, hot foot from covering the America’s Cup for BT Sport and the BBC, Sunset+Vine are once again, the host broadcasters for Lendy Cowes Week. While reporting live on the racing, Matt will also be working with a team delivering news and digital output from the regatta throughout the week.

The coverage will be tailored to suit a variety of platforms from national news to social media and the big screens around Cowes to bring this unique event to the biggest possible audience.

Lendy Cowes Week Radio 87.7fm
29 July – 5 Aug 2017

Lendy Cowes Week is one of the UK's longest running sporting events, having first taken place in 1826. The aspirational and inclusive sailing regatta is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting between 800 and 1,000 yachts in up to 40 classes. Around 8,000 competitors race during the week ranging from weekend sailors to World Champions and Olympic medallists.

The lively apres-sail atmosphere at Lendy Cowes Week means there are plenty of social and exciting onshore activities for sailors and the thousands of spectators who visit Cowes each year. The next edition of the regatta takes place from 29th July-5th August and entries are now open online.

About Sunset+Vine

Sunset+Vine is a leading independent supplier of sports programming to broadcasters in the UK and overseas. It has won over 40 broadcast awards including nine Royal Television Society awards and six BAFTA’s most recently for “Best Sport and Live Event” in relation to its production of Channel 4’s ground-breaking coverage of The London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sunset+Vine was appointed as primary production partner for BT Sport (launched August 2013) and now produces the channel’s live English Premier League Football and Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and all support programming. The company was Host Broadcaster of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015. It has recently been awarded both the ICC’s Live Events Production Services contract 2016-2019 and the ICC’s Non Live Programming contract for the same period.

A leader in Advertiser Funded Programming, the company devised the world’s most watched weekly sports’ show “Gillette World Sport” (shown in 180 countries at its peak) which has recently been re-commissioned. Mobil 1 - The Grid is also amongst its extensive portfolio. The company is part of The Tinopolis Group.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 17 July 2017 )