The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race was not a kind one to Abu Dhabi and skipper Ian Walker. They started out having to return to port shortly after the start of the first leg when their Farr-designed Volvo 70 Azzam sustained major hull damage midway through a storm—and things only went downhill from there. In the end, they finished second to last, "bleeding away" miles every step of the way aboard a boat that just couldn't seem to catch up. This time, though, Walker says things are going to be different, thanks to a combination of crew chemistry and their new Volvo Ocean 65 one-design.
The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean
Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far ...read more