In the latest edition of prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, from the start in Alicante in October 2014 to the final destination in Gothenburg in June 2015, seven teams will be battling for victory under the most extreme conditions. IWC Schaffhausen will be at the heart of the world’s toughest offshore race as Official Timekeeper for the second time, and celebrates the event with a special edition: the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”, limited to 1,000 watches.
IWC is also consolidating its partnership with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, which is taking part in the race for the second time, too.
This year’s round the-world race sees the first appearance of a one-design boat class: the Volvo Ocean 65, which measures over 20 metres in length. For the first time in more than 10 years, an all-female crew will be taking part, with crewmembers from all over the world. In the course of a trial of endurance lasting nine months, the teams will make nine stopovers and one pit-stop and cover a total of 38,739 nautical miles, or 71,745 kilometres.
In view of the wind and weather conditions, particularly in the Southern Ocean with waves of up to 30 metres in height and wind speeds reaching 110 kilometres per hour, the race is considered one of sailing’s toughest challenges.
Befitting the unique sporting challenge, the new PortugueseYacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” (Ref. IW390216) from IWC Schaffhausen is a distinctly masculine sports watch. After all, levels of precision which are on a par with those of nautical instruments are part of the genetic make-up of any member of the Portuguese family. This manifests itself not least in the large size of the case, which, with a diameter of 45.4 millimetres, provides ample room for the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement.
The eye-catching timepiece thus has one of the most modern and robust chronograph movements available, featuring a flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours, shown by an analogue display with two hands in a subdial. It is water-resistant to 6 bar and is the only Portuguese model with crown protection as well as luminescent hands and indices.
Equipped with these technical features, the watch is a reliable partner in any situation. In an allusion to extreme sailing, the 360-degree rotor is modelled on a ship’s wheel. The timepiece is supplied with a black rubber strap featuring an alligator leather inlay.
With its beautifully laid-out silver-plated dial and blued hands and indices, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph“Ocean Racer” is the perfect chronograph. The tradition behind the Portuguese watch family goes all the way back to the precision nautical instruments used by seafarers to discover the world.
The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” is the sportiest model ever to emerge in the history of a watch family with a tradition going back more than 70 years. While the model named simply the Yacht Club – IWC’s most successful watch of the 1960s and 70s – was a solid vessel in the current of time, the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” mirrors the elegance of a racing yacht.
Model: Portuguese yacht club chronograph “ocean racer” (REF. IW390216)
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361(89000-calibrefamily)
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding
IWC’s double-pawl winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
360-degree rotor in the shape of a ship’s wheel
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
Small hacking seconds
Diameter: 45.4 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Case-back ring, engraved with “IWC PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB OCEAN RACER • ONE OUT OF 1000”
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Silver-plated dial, blued numerals, hands and indices coated with Super LumiNova ®
Black rubber strap with alligator leather inlay, folding clasp in stainless steel
Limited to 1,000 watches
VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2014–15
Probably the most spectacular of all off-shore sailing events, the Volvo Ocean Race starts on 4 October with an in-port race at Alicante in Spain. The crews then battle it out on four oceans taking them to five continents, before the victorious crew reaches Gothenburg in Sweden in June 2015. IWC Schaffhausen, the Official Timekeeper of the race for the second time, offers a special prize to the team that covers the greatest distance in any one 24-hour period.
All the crews will be eager to secure the coveted IWC trophy because, at the end of the race, the Swiss watch manufacturer will present each member of the crew that covers the single greatest distance within a period of 24 hours during the course of the entire race with a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”.
In the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15, keen elite sailors from every corner of the globe will crew the brand new onedesign Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats as they cover almost 40,000 nautical miles (almost 74,000 kilometres) in a race around the world. The competition, which lasts almost 9 months, has become known as the “Everest” of sailing.
Participating teams contend with the forces of nature, battling their way from one stage to the next fuelled by an adrenaline high, courage, skill and mental resilience. In their quest for glory, the crews will get precious little sleep, have virtually no privacy and often face appalling weather conditions with house-high waves. As in 2011–12, IWC Schaffhausen will reward their extraordinary achievements by acting as sponsor of the highly prestigious IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour Speed Record Challenge.
This prize goes to the team that covers the greatest distance in any period of 24 hours during each stage of the race. The teams do their utmost to get their hands on this much-coveted IWC trophy.
After starting in Alicante in Spain on 4 October 2014, the round-the-world race makes stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) before the finish in Gothenburg (Sweden). In June 2015, at the end of the race in Gothenburg, the Swiss watch manufacturer will reward every member of the crew that sets the fastest 24-hour speed record in the course of the entire race with a watch.
In the 2011–12 race, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand covered an impressive 566 nautical miles (1048 kilometres) in a single day. For this incredible achievement, IWC rewarded each member of the crew with the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011–2012”.
ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING
IWC Schaffhausen has renewed its commitment as official sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, which took part in the last race as the first Arab challenger in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing partnership, which continues from the 2011–12 edition when the team became the first Arab-flagged entry in the race, opens up considerable marketing and engagement opportunities globally as the race calls at 10 cities across four continents, starting in Alicante, Spain, in October 2014. Abu Dhabi, which is also behind the UAE capital hosting the third stopover of the 2014–15 race over Christmas and New Year.IWC and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing made a number of headline-grabbing initiatives in the last race, including hosting two of the world’s most pre-eminent footballers of their generations: Luís Figo and Zinédine Zidane, on board the team’s state-of-the-art yacht, Azzam (Arabic: “determination”).
Having led the team to a number of high-profile victories in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race, including three In-Port wins and the blue-ribband transatlantic Leg 7 triumph, double Olympic medallist Ian Walker of Great Britain will once again take the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing reins as skipper. UAE sailing trailblazer Adil Khalid, the first Arab to complete the Volvo Ocean Race, also rejoins the team. Joining them is British Olympian and six-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Neal McDonald, who is taking the helm as Performance Director. Race legend McDonald will lead Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s technical programmes, training camps and crew development alongside Walker.
Abu Dhabi city will host the second 2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race stopover from mid-December 2014 until 3 January 2015. The UAE capital will welcome the fleet sailing in from the second leg departing from Cape Town (South Africa), one of the stopovers of the inaugural Volvo Ocean Race (then known as Whitbread) in 1973–74. The Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways In-Port Race, which was won by home favourites Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the last edition, will take place on 2 January 2015, with the fleet departing for Sanya (China) the following day.