Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet have recently completed the two stages of leg three from Abu Dhabi to Sanya. So far this race none of the teams have been able to better Ericsson 4’s world record 24-hour speed record, set during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race when they recorded 596.6 nm.
A trophy is awarded at the end of each leg to the team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period by the Volvo Ocean Race’s Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen.
Chris Nicholson’s Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand and Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team were the respective recipients of the leg one and two distance awards.
Leg three saw Ken Read’s Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg join the speed club with the best 24-hour run during February 4 on the final blast to Sanya.
In our latest video we take a look at Puma’s speed run:
The overall greatest 24-hour distance over the entire eight months of the race will land all 11 members of the winning crew with an IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition ‘Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12’.
At the moment, Camper top the table with a run of 553 nautical miles on November 24 as they blasted through the South Atlantic to Cape Town in leg one.
Groupama took the trophy on leg two, posting 478.28 nautical miles on December 21 as they sprinted from Cape Town to the Maldives.
To see the best distances set in 24 hours on each leg, check out the IWC Speed Record Challenge Trophy page on the event website.