IWC set to timekeep at the next Volvo Ocean Race

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Swiss watch company to sponsor nine-month long race.

IWC has been announced as the official timekeeper at the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly Whitbread Round the World Race.

The partnership agreement was signed on at the end of January by Georges Kern, CEO of the Schaffhouse firm, and Kurt Frostad, CEO of the organising committee of the regatta.

As official timekeeper, IWC will donate the prize for the 24 hour record of each stage, which will be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony at each stopover at Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient. A special prize will also go to the fastest crew over 24 hours.

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The Volvo Ocean Race is regarded as the “Everest” of the sailing world, and is a world class competition offering a unique mix of glamour on dry land and excitement and endurance at sea.

It is also the world’s largest ocean race and one of the most demanding crewed sporting events. This year’s race will start in Alicante, Spain, in October and will finish in Galway, Ireland in July 2012. Over a period of nine months, the crews will cover a distance of 39,270 nautical miles.

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