Unfortunately for Brian Carlin and Team Vestas Wind, their race would be cut short following a boat-breaking crash in the middle of the Indian Ocean during Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi.
They returned to the water to kick off Leg 8 from Lisbon - but it's testament to Brian's talent that, despite having less time on the boat than his fellow OBRs, he still has an incredible portfolio of images to proudly display.
Here, he looks back through his snaps - and gives us his favourites...
October 13, 2014. Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town.
This shot was taken on the first morning at sea as we passed through the Straits of Gibraltar. It's a heavy shipping traffic area, as you can see in the backround. One of the most dramatic sunrises of the race, probably because I slept through the other 47 of them!
October 14, 2014. Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town.
When I got this snap, Tom Johnson, also known as “Donnie Guns” due to his raw power, was spraying himself with fresh water as the salt really stings your eyes.
October 15, 2014. Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town.
Tony Rae, or “Trae”. He was so worried that he might have have cracked his ribs that he kept it quiet from the team (and his mum) so that he wouldn’t worry anyone before we left for the Leg 1 start in Alicante. After three days at sea, the big man reveals that he’s been using a carbon plate to protect the damaged area. He’s the toughest guy I know, and probably in the whole Volvo Ocean Race.
October 19, 2014. Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town
This shot pretty much symbolises the reasons why we do this race. Mainly, to have fun! Tom Johnson, Peter 'Popp' Wibroe and Rob Salthouse on deck as we approach the trade winds. Ultimately the most fun sailing conditions at the start of a long leg to Cape Town.
October 21, 2014. Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town
I chose this photo because I love clouds. In fact, they're probably the only thing that I have an obsession about more than sailing. I can't help but look for the most dramatic and bizarrely shaped ones around. There’s no better place to find these but near the International Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), around the Equator. This one caught my eye one morning and I watched it develop as it dumped precipitation in dramatic style.