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The Volvo Ocean Race Ends

A look back at 9 months of the world's toughest sailing race

Date2012-07-10T11:24:55

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Nine months ago, six of the most technologically sophisticated and advanced boats ever made, manned by the greatest sailors in the world, took off on the Volvo Ocean Race – the world’s toughest yacht racing challenge.

As the race has come to a close, IWC Schaffhausen, official timekeeper of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, invites you to look back at some of the most arresting images from this seminal racing event.

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