Volvo Ocean Race: Ian Walker leads Abu Dhabi to leg five victory

Ian Walker
Ian Walker is a two-time Olympic silver medallist

Briton Ian Walker took a step closer to winning the Volvo Ocean Race as his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew won the fifth leg from New Zealand to Brazil.

Walker's team completed the 6,776 nautical miles from Auckland to Itajai in 18 days 23 hours 30 minutes 10 seconds, beating MAPFRE by 32 minutes.

Abu Dhabi lead the round-the-world race by seven points from Dongfeng, who failed to finish the fifth leg.

Walker, 45, said: "It's been a monster of a leg. We have sailed very well."

The start of the fifth stage was delayed for three days to avoid the worst of Cyclone Pam.

Chinese-backed Dongfeng were forced out after their mast broke 200 nautical miles from Cape Horn.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in the Spanish city of Alicante in October, with teams visiting 11 ports in 11 countries across nine legs.

The race finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June.

About the Volvo Ocean Race
The global event takes nine months to complete and covers almost 39,000 nautical milesOne nautical mile is equal to 1.15 land miles and is used for navigating and charting
The event is regarded as crewed sailing's toughest testThe race was previously called the Whitbread Round the World Race
Read more on the official race website

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