Spanning nearly 40,000 nautical miles, the Volvo Ocean Race is so grueling it's often called the 'Everest of Sailing'. The seven 65-foot racing yachts, built identically for the first time, started from Alicante in Spain on October 4, 2014. The route includes 10 ports in 10 countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France and Sweden) over nine months finishing in Sweden in late June.
In this photo, Maciel Cicchetti driving, Tony Rae on mainsheet, and Nicolai Sehestead is on trim as Team Vestas Wind surfs at 25 knts on the morning of Day 8 during Leg 1 between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa, October 18, 2014.
By CBSNews.com senior photo editor Radhika Chalasani