October 2014 see’s the start of the 12th of the Volvo Ocean Race, 7 teams will race 38,739 miles around the planet in what is considered the grand prix of ocean racing.
Five of these teams were on the start line for the iconic Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, 1800 gruelling miles in the wake of Hurricane Bertha which would be the final test before racing round the world.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s VO65 Azzam skippered by Ian Walker smashed the previous monohull record finishing in an elapsed time of 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, and 28 seconds, the previous record was held by Groupama skippered by Franck Cammas.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are the pre-race favourites and although this performance laid the marker for what’s to come Ian Walker is under no illusion how close and tough this edition will be. The playing field has been leveled and as well as new teams and late teams there is also vast experience across the fleet, that means to win you will need to be consistent.
To find out more visit: www.volvooceanrace.com
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