Phil Keoghan finds a new amazing race — this time on the ocean

Phil Keoghan has signed on to host and co-produce a new race around the world.

“The Amazing Race” host has signed on to partner on a reality show set in the world of the Velux 5 Oceans race. The event follows skippers as they sail alone around the globe on Eco 60 racing yachts.

Exodus Film Group has sealed North American TV rights to the race, while Keoghan will produce through his No Opportunity Wasted banner. Global production company All3Media is handling audio and video support. A U.S. outlet has not yet been identified.

“Phil’s adventurous spirit and experience as an entertainer will help capture the true personalities of these adventure athletes on and off the water and the challenges they face in circling the planet globe alone,” said Exodus Film Group CEO John Eraklis.

Keoghan said he was most intrigued by the fact that the sailors will tackle the seas alone. Solo sailing has been in the news recently via 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s recent aborted attempt to become the world’s youngest sailor ever to circle the globe solo.

“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,” Keoghan said.

Clipper Ventures runs the Velux 5 Oceans race, which begins in La Rochelle, France, on Oct. 17. Race moves from France to Cape Town, South Africa; then to Wellington, New Zealand; Salvador, Brazil; and Charleston, S.C., in the United States, before returning to France.


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