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New reality series searching for a sailor to be the next big thing. "At Sea" from our December 20, 2007, CW Reckonings

December 20, 2007


Producers of the new reality TV series Island Hopper are accepting applications for a host sailor. Courtesy Walt Clayton

With just about everybody else already on the reality-TV bandwagon, it seems it’s time for sailors to hop aboard. Casting has begun for Island Hopper, a new real-life sailing adventure series. Channel and time slot have yet to be announced, because producers must first find the perfect personality to skipper the show.

The ideal candidate is adventurous, personable, mechanically inclined, worldly, and camera friendly. The sailor will be filmed cruising from island to island in an endless quest of new cultures, fascinating personalities, exotic foods, historical oddities, unique festivals, and rarely seen phenomena.

Producers are advertising for 20- to 40-somethings, but that shouldn’t stop sea-savvy older teens (candidates must be at least 18 years of age) or young-at-heart older folks from giving it a go. Women are encouraged to apply, and wannabes don’t even have to own their own boat! But yes, you do need to know how to sail one.


Initial candidate auditions require a three- to five-minute audio-visual submission via VHS or DVD. For details, casting criteria, and how to apply, e-mail [email protected], or visit the Island Hopper website (


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