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Abu Dhabi navigator plotting course for success

16/02/2012
  • Abu Dhabi Jules Salter with Ian Walker
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s navigator, Briton Jules Salter, is confident of a strong fourth leg finish in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the Abu Dhabi-backed outfit readies to depart Sanya, China for New Zealand.

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ith little historical data to call on, the 5,200 nautical mile leg to Auckland is cited by many skippers and navigators as potentially the most difficult tactically in the entire race. Amongst many other challenges, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will yet again have to negotiate the highly unpredictable Doldrums -- this time at their widest point.

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o stranger to the dangers of life at sea, Salter believes to win, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing may need to marry caution with opportunism as the fleet tackles the South China Sea and the Philippines Sea, which at this time of year can be harsh and could cause sail or yacht damage early in the leg. Salter also believes that his team, which currently sits fifth in the overall race standings, is starting to find its offshore rhythm and is confident its desire to win will push its state-of-the-art yacht ‘Azzam’ to her limits and see them contest for a podium place.

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efore the Leg 4 start on February 19th, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will be looking to continue its impressive in-port racing form in Sanya on Saturday, having won two out of the three previous events including the Abu Dhabi showpiece in front of tens of thousands of home supporters.

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ou can watch all the weekend’s race action live on the web at www.volvooceanrace.com ; For more information on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, please visit www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com

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