Volvo Ocean race: Life at the extreme - a look back at 2011

Kelvin Harrap (right) helps Casey Smith (left) with a takedown on the bow. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Only two months into the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 and already there has been an abundance of drama, incredible racing and both men and boats pushed to the absolute limit.

Since the race started in Alicante on November 5 there have been two dismastings, one serious hull breach, two injured crewmen, three leg retirements, countless lead changes and some of the closest racing ever seen in the event.

Thanks to the total dedication and sheer skill of the sailing teams and their shore crews, race organisers, sponsors and partners, all six boats are still in the race as it heads into 2012.

Watch this highlights video to remind yourselves what happened in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011 – and why it is one of the toughest sporting events known to man.