Team Blog – Ian Walker – 3rd July 2012

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 | by ADOR

After a cracking race with Sanya for a day and a half it all came to a crashing halt as we hit a lobster pot in the pitch black off the Aran Isles. We stopped dead in the water and could only watch as Sanya sailed right by three lengths away from us. It took us nearly ten minutes to back down and free ourselves, dropping us to sixth place. As you can imagine this is hugely disappointing for all onboard.

This leg has been a struggle from the start and I have my suspicions we will find some damage to the underside of the boat on inspection in Galway. This is the only explanation we can think of for 500 miles of struggling to reach our target speeds. As always the lads onboard have given their all and just as breaking our mast was not how we intended to start the race, this is not the way any of us would have wished to end our round the world odyssey. I do not wish to dwell on the negatives in this my last blog. I will choose instead to remember our victories and other high points of this race.

Above all I am thankful that we are all returning safely to our loved ones at the end of this adventure. My congratulations go to the victors – Frank, you and your team have done a fantastic job – bravo! My thanks go to all our sponsors and supporters who have followed Azzam and the team. Well done to Adil for completing the journey and becoming such a valued member of the team. Lastly my thanks to our fantastic shore team who work so hard to prepare everything for the sailors to perform their best. I have no doubt Galway will be a fantastic stopover and fortunately we still have an in port race to go on Saturday so we still have another chance to end the race on a high. Thanks for reading!

date: Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:03:23 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)

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