Team Blog - Ian Walker - 5th November 2011

Saturday, 05 November 2011 | by ADOR

Wow – what a start. That has to be the most chaotic 40 minutes of sailing I have ever been involved with. Six teams with only 10 sailors trying to throw their 70 foot boats around a tiny course in 25 knots of wind.

I am not sure what our guest Zinedine Zidane made of it but he looked happy to get off!

We are already approaching Cabo de Palos only two and a half hours into the race. We have been struggling a bit at high speed reaching as we expected against the three Juan K boats but at least we have just overtaken Camper. I don’t foresee much rest tonight as we push on upwind towards Gibraltar. We are getting settled and will eat early while the waves are not too big.

date: Saturday, 05 November 2011 19:34:18 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)

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Sunday, 06 November 2011 03:24:41 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)
Just read the news! I am sure I speak for everyone when i say I am 1000000000% gutted for all the team!!! Such cruel luck. Hope you can get the mast and boat repaired and get back in the race at the first opportunity!!!

Best wishes to you all.

Chris Martin
Sunday, 06 November 2011 05:28:31 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)
I feel sick about this, but it's not fatal. There are ten of the best sailors in the world onboard Azzam, and except for Adil, this ain't anybody's first rodeo. Gather your gear, dust off the seat of your pants, and get back up on the bull. This is the toughest crew on the best boat, in the meanest bull of an ocean race in the world. Let's rodeo, cowboys!
Sunday, 06 November 2011 09:23:39 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)
Dear Ian and team
good luck and quick repair, wish you can be back on track soon
only a big challenge to overcome and you all can do it
Erika Lessmann
Friday, 11 November 2011 08:55:27 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)
My hat is off to your asutte command over this topic-bravo!
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