IWC was chosen as the official timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race (the “Everest” of sailing). It was also previously known as the Whitbread Round the World Race. It is a world-class competition that offers an exhilarating high.
The race integrates glitz and glamour on dry land and a test of endurance at sea. It is, without doubt, the largest ocean race in the world. As such, it will demand the best of even the most experienced crews.
The 2011 leg of the Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 2011 in the Spanish port of Alicante. It will end on July 2012 on the port of Galway, Ireland. During the period of nine months, participants will cover a distance of 39,270 nautical miles in unpredictable water. This is definitely an exciting event for the participants, the sponsors, and IWC.
IWC will provide the prizes for the 24hr record. The prizes awarded in the ceremonies at the stopovers which will be in Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Auckland, Sanya, Itajai, Lisbon, Miami, and Lorient). A special prize will be given to the fastest crew over 24 hours as well. The agreement between IWC and the organizing committee was signed on January 21, 2011.