The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012,
named ‘The world’s toughest sailing event’,
9 months, round the world, 9 offshore legs…
Alicante to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient & Galway has now been sailed by 6 Teams, whom all sailed through four oceans and five continents on some of the world’s fastest sailing monohulls. The race began in Alicante, Spain in October 2011and arrived into Galway, Ireland, 3 July 2012.
1st Place overall was GROUPAMA, congratulations!
2nd Place overall was CAMPER, who were also 1st across the line into Galway, congratulations!
With just one more scoring opportunity to be sailed, the final in-port race on Saturday 7 July, CAMPER just needed to cross the finish line to hold onto 2nd Overall, and that they did!
Here’s how they finished overall…
They all WON… just for making it as far as they did, a most extraordinary race it was.
1. Groupama 1st with 253
2. CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ with 231
3. PUMA Ocean Racing BERG with 226
4. Team Telefónica with 213
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing with 131
6. Team Sanya with 51
Back in 1973-74, the first race took place as the Whitbread Round The World Race, testing the crews against some of the most ferocious elements that man can encounter. Until today, it remains an extraordinary race, and once seen, will never be forgotten!