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13.01.2012 More points at stake in Leg 3 sprint
More points at stake in Leg 3 sprint

 

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have another chance to thrill home crowds and make up ground on the leaders in Saturday’s Leg 3 Stage 1 sprint.
“There’s another six points up for grabs in the sprint to Sharjah so we’ll be gunning for that again. We’re getting hungry for points” - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing bowman Justin Slattery
Ian Walker’s team picked up six points from an outstanding performance under pressure in the Etihad Airways In-Port Race on home waters on Friday.
Another six points will be up for grabs for the winner of the 106 nautical mile sprint from Abu Dhabi up the coast of the United Arab Emirates, which marks the start of the Leg 3 race to the Chinese city of Sanya.
The fleet will sail a short inshore course in full view of thousands of spectators who will line the shores before racing to Sharjah.
Following their hometown success in Friday’s in-port race, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will favour themselves for a result. Their bowman Justin Slattery said it was onward and upward from here on for the team.
“We need to start climbing the ladder now,” the three-time Volvo Ocean Race competitor said. “There’s another six points up for grabs in the sprint to Sharjah so we’ll be gunning for that again. We’re getting hungry for points.”
After a disappointing day on the water, overall race leaders Team Telefónica said they would look to defend their position at the top of the standings in Leg 3.
“We are looking ahead to the start of the leg, which is difficult to concentrate on with so much work and with so many commitments and stories here and there,” skipper Iker Martínez said.
“But the conclusion is that having had a race that didn’t go well today, we were lucky because we only gave up two points.”
As with Leg 2 of the race, Leg 3 is being split into two parts to prevent the boats from sailing through dangerous waters off the coast of Africa. Early forecasts are tipping fresh northwest winds of 13 to 16 knots inshore, building to 18 to 22 knots offshore.
Leg 3 Stage 1 starts at 1400 local time (1000 GMT) with the boats racing a short sprint to the northern United Arab Emirates before being loaded onto a ship and transported to a safe haven port in the Indian Ocean.
Once the boats are unloaded, racing will resume to Sanya around January 23, and the first boats could reach Sanya by February 4.

Source: www.volvooceanrace.com
 
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