The Volvo 65's have arrived in Auckland from Hong Kong after 20 days of racing.
Sailing is often described as the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense. If this is what you have always thought then welcome to the world of extreme ocean racing. The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing's toughest team challenge, and one of the biggest three events alongside the Olympics and the America's Cup. The Volvo Ocean Race is viewed as an obsession and many of the world's best sailors have dedicated years, even decades of their lives trying to win it.
There is no prize money for an event which costs millions of dollars and takes years of planning even to make the start line. Just fierce competition in the current era of One Design racing; where the only way to win is by sailing harder, and smarter, than your competitors as crews give everything, 24 hours a day, in pursuit of the tiniest advantage that may make all the difference. The race concept is simple: it is a round-the-clock chase and the ultimate ocean marathon, matching many of the world's best sailors against each other across the world's toughest oceans. The event takes 8 months to complete over 45,000 nautical miles in some of the harshest conditions you could ever wish to experience.
Getting the chance to rub shoulders dockside with some of these incredible sailors fills me with awe. I've spent countless hours over the years admiring from afar their tenacity and never cease to be amazed by their levels of human endeavour and the way in which it inspires me to explore my own personal potential. It should serve as an inspiration to us all to push ourselves everyday. You never really know what is possible if you never really try.
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