This is the Puma’s Volvo 70 race boat, “Mar Mostro”, tackles mother nature in the toughest offshore sailing race in the world, with skipper Ken Read taking the helm for PUMA once again for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The Volvo Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world held every three years. The race typically departs Europe in October, and in recent editions has had either 9 or 10 legs, with in-port races at many of the stopover cities. The 2011-2012 Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and will end in early July in Galway, Ireland. The teams are scheduled to sail over 39,000 nmi (72,000 km) of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient.
Each of the entries has a sailing team of 11 professional crew with utmost skills, physical endurance and competitive spirit as they race day and night for more than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. During the race they will experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes. They will trust their lives to the boat and the skipper and experience hunger and sleep deprivation.