2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Walker: ‘We want a home win’

  • Abu Dhabi Ocean racing wants to live up to its determined namesake this weekend
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ready to soar for the in port race on Friday
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s skipper and double Olympic medallist, Ian Walker, says the record-breaking team is ready to put a tough start to the punishing round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race behind them and get back to winning ways in Friday’s Etihad Airways In-Port Race, which starts at 2pm local time. The double Olympic medallist hopes that local knowledge will help the team, but maintains that with the five-strong fleet so evenly matched, boat handling will likely prove the decisive factor in the race for victory.

Having dropped down the overall leader-board after retiring from leg one with a broken mast, the 11-strong Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew has been working overtime to ready its state-of-the-art race yacht, Azzam (determined), for the arduous seven-and-half month journey ahead, which will see it tackle some for the world’s most treacherous oceans as part of the 39,000-mile ‘Everest of Sailing’ odyssey.

Top Spanish outfit, Team Telefonica, has been in scintillating form over the opening two race legs, and will be keen to maintain winning ways in Abu Dhabi. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, which currently sits eight points adrift of Telefonica in second place overall, will also be eyeing a win to close the gap on their rivals before the fleet heads to Sanya, China on Saturday.
The hour-long Etihad Airways In-Port Race is the first points-scoring competition of Abu Dhabi’s fortnight-long stopover, which is taking place at the purpose-built, free-to-attend Destination Village on Corniche breakwater. The Destination Village is open from 10am to midnight on Thursday and Friday, and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday after the fleet departs.

For more information on the Abu Dhabi stopover, please visit www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com

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