The Volvo Ocean Race gets under way with the In-Port Race at the Spanish port of Alicante and takes in six continents and four oceans before the crews tie up for the last time in the summer of 2012 in Galway, Ireland. In the course of the voyage of 39,270 nautical miles (72,728 km) through some of the world’s most treacherous waters, the crews can look forward to extreme challenges and adrenaline rushes in their battle against ice-cold storms, 15-meter-high waves and seemingly endless calms. In their bid to beat records, the 11-strong crews will be living on minimal sleep, with virtually no privacy and on nothing but freeze-dried meals. To coincide with the official start of the high caliber Volvo Ocean Race 2011–2012, IWC Schaffhausen, Official Timekeeper of this “Everest” of sailing, pays tribute to the courage and team spirit of six participating crews with a special Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph. Further information and specifics of this release are offered here.