24 hour record incentive
As an added incentive for teams to pursue record-breaking speeds, official timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race, IWC Schaffhausen, has announced it will reward the overall winners of the IWC 24-Hour Speed Record Challenge with their timepieces.
The overall fastest time, 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'. The watch will also be available for the public to buy and retails for 13,500 Euros. The team recording the greatest distance over a 24-hour period in each of the nine legs will receive an IWC Trophy.
The limited release sports watch, crafted from titanium, is designed to pay tribute to the Volvo Ocean Race crew, boasting technical qualities that will withstand immense stresses and strains, just like Volvo Open 70 yachts and their expert crew. The water is water resistant to six bar, has screw-in crown with crown protection and is equipped with IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement, one of the most robust and advanced chronograph movements.
A Volvo Open 70s are currently the fastest offshore monohulls in the world. During the 2008-09 race Ericsson 4 broke the world 24-hour speed record covering 596.6 nautical miles in a day - a mark that has not been bettered since.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said there was potential for the yachts to blitz the 600nm 24-hour mark and set a new world record as part of the IWC 24-Hour Speed Record Challenge: “These boats are very fast and the crews are the best in the world and now with the added incentive of the amazing prize, the chance of a record-breaking feat is even more likely,’’ he said. “It is very prestigious among the sailing fraternity.
“To this day I can still remember when I was on Intrum Justitia when we broke the 400nm barrier in the 1993-94 race. It was a massive achievement that I was so proud of. This time, the fastest competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race will have the added bonus of a beautiful watch that they can wear for the rest of their lives as a reminder of that achievement.”