x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

'Big Breeze' keeps momentum going for Azzam with regatta win

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have just completed a hat-trick of wins.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, chase down Groupama.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, chase down Groupama.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have just completed a hat-trick of wins.

After taking first place in the Miami in-port race and the transatlantic Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race the crew made it three in a row with a victory in the highly competitive model Volvo Open 70 regatta at the Lisbon Race Village.

Paul "Big Breeze" Willcox steered the one-metre scale model of Azzam to win three of the four short races. "It's great to keep the momentum going after winning the last two races," Willcox said.

"Let's just hope our good form continues this weekend for the in-port race." Groupama sailing team, skippered by shore crew member Luc Gellusseau, claimed second spot thanks to victory in the fourth and final race, pipping Abu Dhabi to the finish line.

"It's the second time in a week we have finished second to Abu Dhabi," he said. "You have to hand it to Big Breeze, he sailed the best but we are still happy with second."

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