No room for complacency, says Walker

“We have got to where we are in this race by sailing quickly and smartly and minimising the risks,” Walker said.



Abu Dhabi — Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ador), the emirate’s entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, is maintaining its intense focus on peak performance levels, despite enjoying a seven-point advantage at the top of the overall standings on the eve of the sixth leg of the epic, round-the-world yacht race.

Despite the points cushion, with four legs still to race in the nine-leg global challenge, ADOR skipper Ian Walker said that there was no chance of complacency creeping into the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority-backed team as they prepared to cast off on Sunday to race from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA.

“We have got to where we are in this race by sailing quickly and smartly and minimising the risks,” Walker said. “We aim to maintain that successful strategy and to continue to take the race one leg at a time.”

UAE Olympic sailor Adil Khalid — who re-joins the ADOR line-up after a two-leg absence due to illness — said the mood amongst the sailors was upbeat, but cautious.

“We all know there is still an enormous amount of racing to go in this race,” Khalid said.


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