Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Overall Race Prizegiving in Galway

Bowmen Martin Krite and Brad Marsh spark flares as Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France arrives into the dock, for the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Franck Cammas became the first skipper to hold aloft the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy as thousands of fans joined his Groupama sailing team for a raucous Race Village reception.

There was a party atmosphere all day in Galway as people lined the docks and packed the viewing areas to see the final action of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -- the Discover Ireland In-Port Race.

Crowds gather in the race village for the public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)
After completing the race, Groupama -- who had already clinched overall victory after coming into Galway to an equally warm reception on Tuesday -- took to the main stage to blasts of the team's theme sing 'Highway to Hell'.

The entire team, including shore crew, came up on stage to spray champagne and celebrate an extraordinary triumph for a team who were making their debut in the race and started as outsiders.

This is the 11th edition of the Race and an inscription on the 11th wave-shaped ring on the trophy is the only prize for victory.

It is a simple honour but one that means so much, with Cammas now indelibly linked with sailing legends like Peter Blake, Paul Cayard, Mike Sanderson and Torben Grael.

The Discover Ireland In-Port Race honours went to Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, whose triumph on Saturday was enough to give them victory in the In-Port Race Series.

Olof Persson, CEO and President of Volvo Group and Stefan Jacoby, CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation, present Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, with the Volvo Ocean Race for first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Groupama Sailing Team, skipper Franck Cammas from France, lifts the Volvo Ocean Race trophy, claiming first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Groupama Sailing Team, skipper Franck Cammas from France, lifts the Volvo Ocean Race trophy, claiming first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Groupama Sailing Team, skipper Franck Cammas from France, lifts the Volvo Ocean Race trophy, claiming first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Olof Persson, CEO and President of Volvo Group and Stefan Jacoby, CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation, present Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, with the Volvo Ocean Race for first place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, second place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, second place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, third place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, at the final public prize giving, in Galway, Ireland, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)