• 18-MAR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team Returns to Auckland - New Video Available

Auckland, NZ – Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are hopeful of resuming racing in Leg 5 within the next 24 hours after arriving back in Abu Dhabi to repair damage to their yacht Azzam.

Ian Walker and his crew made the decision to return to the City of Sails five-and-a-half hours into the 6,700 nautical mile leg to Itajaí in Brazil when a bulkhead in the bow of their yacht Azzam, securing a crucial heavy weather headsail, ripped clean out.

Rather than risk continuing, Abu Dhabi chose to turn around and carry out a full repair to the J4 bulkhead in Auckland.

After suspending racing at 0630 UTC, Abu Dhabi were back on the dock by 1030 UTC where the boat was handed over to their waiting shore crew. Abu Dhabi team director Jamie Boag said the aim was now to get the team back out on the race course as quickly as possible.

Leg 5 started from Auckland at 1400 local time (0100 UTC) on Sunday and sees the fleet race through the Southern Ocean, around Cape Horn and on to Itajaí in Brazil.


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