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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing pick up first race points

'Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK cross the finish line first in the Iberdrola In-Port Race in Alicante - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started off today, 29th October, with the inaugural In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing delivered an early blow to their rivals picking up the first points of the regatta with a comprehensive win in the race opener.

The crew, led by British skipper and double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, romped home to a massive 14-minute win over their closest rivals in the Iberdrola In-Port Race.

Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG were second, ahead of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in third. Team Sanya edged Groupama sailing team for fourth, with Team Telefónica coming home sixth.

Immediately on finishing, Groupama informed the race committee they were making a protest against Camper. Details of the protest were not immediately available.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK cross the finish line first in the Iberdrola In-Port Race in Alicante - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Ian Roman-Volvo Ocean Race©?nid=90102   Click Here to view large photo

'It’s a great win, I feel fantastic,' said Walker. 'It’s a great start for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. I don’t think it means too much but I said before we left the dock that whoever wins today’s race can go home with a spring in their step and look forward to the week ahead.'

The in-port race marked the start of the epic 39,000 nautical mile round the world race, tipped to be the most hotly contested edition in the event´s 38-year history. And after opening their account with a crucial win, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will go into the first offshore leg with a maximum six points and a psychological advantage.

In-port races take place in all 10 Host Ports around the world, testing the crews’ skills at close-quarters manoeuvres and tactics. More than 20 per cent of all points are up for grabs in the in-port racing, which could prove vital when overall positions are decided. The races also provide a show for the millions of people who will watch the race worldwide.

Strong winds and pelting rain greeted the teams as they left the dock in Alicante, Spain, but by the time the start gun fired at 1400 local time (1200 UTC-GMT) the weather cleared with a 10-15-knot breeze blowing down the race course.

An incredibly close start saw Abu Dhabi, Camper and Groupama lined up and equally matched, each looking for the slight advantage over their rivals. After a weak start, Telefónica and Sanya were left playing catch up.

As the yachts approached the first mark it was Puma´s Mar Mostro with the inside track but sailing’s ‘rules of the road’ meant Ken Read’s team had to give way to Ian Walker’s crew and the United Arab Emirates’ first ever entry in the Volvo Ocean Race took the lead.

Slick crew work from Walker’s team saw them extend their lead during leg two. A nightmare rounding at the second mark saw Camper slip from second to fifth, a perfect example of how one mistake can cost dearly.

Iberdrola In-Port Race - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©?nid=90102   Click Here to view large photo

A dwindling breeze in Alicante Bay confounded the situation on the water as the teams struggled to keep their boats moving. The instability of the breeze led to the race committee shortening the course, and with a substantial lead over their opponents, victory was assured for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

With the race’s first ever Emirati, 22-year-old Adil Khalid, waving the flag of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s yacht Azzam crossed the line to claim the first points of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Walker said a slick sail change at the second mark was the key moment. 'We had practised it in training and we pulled it off,' he said. 'It was a credit to everyone.'

The six teams now have one week to make the final tweaks to their yachts before they set off from Alicante bound for Cape Town, South Africa, the first of nine offshore legs. Leg one starts at 1300 UTC (1400 local time) on November 5 and is expected to take around 21 days to complete.

Tomorrow a host of VIPs will get to experience the thrill of racing a Volvo Open 70 alongside the world’s best sailors in the Pro-Am races.

Iberdrola In-Port Race provisional results:
Position / Team / Time / Points
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / 53 minutes 44 seconds/ 6
2. Puma Ocean Racing powered by BERG / 1 hour 07:58 / 5
3. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand / 1:10:11 / 4
4. Team Sanya / 1:10:43 / 3
5. Groupama sailing team / 1:11:11 / 2
6. Team Telefónica / 1:12:08 / 1

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