Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing

Navigator Simon Fisher scans the horizon for Atlantic weather systems - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has completed her back to back Atlantic crossing and is now back in UK

After a long voyage in cramped conditions, with no washing facilities and only frozen dried meals to eat, the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) team was eager for food, cold drinks and warm showers when they safely reached Gosport on the English south coast.

Having successfully completed its second Atlantic crossing in four weeks, Azzam will now undergo a thorough check by the shore team before its appearance at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the Artemis Challenge and the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race over the coming weeks.

'It was a great crossing, although testing at times,' said Skipper Ian Walker of the passage which saw the crew encounter virtual flat calms as well as winds up to 40 knots and thunder and lightning storms.

Justin Slattery and Luke Parkinson work by the light of a full moon - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Ian Walker and Adil Khalid grimace with the effort of shaking out a reef in Azzam's mainsail - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Azzam begins final aproach to England under engine - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Simon Fisher navigates the final few miles to Gosport using his tablet computer - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Phil Harmer points out local landmarks to fellow Australian Luke Parkinson - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Ian Walker leads a final crew debrief before Azzam arrives in the United Kingdom - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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ADOR shore crew watch carefully as Azzam eases into her berth - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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Chuny Bermudez gives a weary thumbs to confirm the latest sail change is complete - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Trans Atlantic Return crossing July 2014
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