Volvo Ocean Race: sailing great Tracy Edwards questions fragile boats after Abu Dhabi Racing scraps leg

But with points being won for leg positions rather than combined times,
Edwards believes Walker still has a chance of becoming Britain’s first
winner of the around-the-world race. Edwards’ Maiden still holds the best
results of a British boat since 1977 thanks to their two leg victories 22
years ago.

“His boat is solid, the crew the best and Ian is an extraordinary skipper
who has the talent to do it,” added Edwards, who would only set foot in
a boat when she had “absolute faith” in it.

“It’s the strength of the boat that counts and whether it will get round
in one piece.

“But they will have to get a feel of the boat now before the next race.
They have the six points from their in-port race but this is a long, long
event so anything can happen.”

She added: “Boats can break and people can make the wrong decision. It’s
still all to play for and Ian has a great chance.”

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