Known as the “Everest of Sailing,” the Volvo Ocean Race is a grueling, around-the-world challenge in which a winner usually emerges early and remains in the lead.
But not this time, when the finish was the closest in the race's 39-year history. And it came right down to the last two legs.
By the ninth and last leg of the nine-month, 39,270-nautical mile race held once every three years, the race locked into a tight fight with the lead boats — Groupama, Puma and Camper — competing for a scant few points in a neck-and-neck dash. It was anyone's race.